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Posted: April 21, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 21, 2012 1:55 a.m.

April 11
16500 block of Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country
A 24-year-old man was arrested at his Canyon Country residence just before 7 p.m. April 11 after allegedly stealing $205.77 in groceries from Vons, a sheriff's report said.
The man went to the store to steal the groceries because his family didn't have any money, he said in the report.
A store employee's suspicions were aroused when he noted the suspect leaving the store with a cart filled with items that hadn't been placed in bags, the report said.

April 14
Petty theft
26400 block of Carl Boyer Drive, Canyon Country
Wal-Mart loss-prevention officials nabbed a 19-year-old Lancaster woman for allegedly leaving the store without paying for $65 of cosmetic items just after 9 p.m. April 14.
The woman told deputies she took the items couldn't afford to pay, a sheriff's report said.

Theft by false pretenses
Jasmine Valley Drive, Castaic
An unknown man allegedly stole $75,851.50 from a 54-year-old Castaic man, the victim reported April 14.
The victim owns a lighting company in China and began receiving email from a man claiming to be a company representative late last year, a sheriff's report said.
The company had changed banks, the man said, and asked the victim to begin sending funds to a bank in Indonesia.
The victim became suspicious in January and called a company representative who said the company had never changed banks, according to the report.

Sierra Highway, Rainbow Glen Drive
Thieves broke into a 2004 GMC pickup truck parked near Sierra Highway and Rainbow Glen Drive between 3 p.m. April 13 and 5:30 p.m. April 14 and stole a red and black dispenser gun worth $700, a sheriff's report said.
The thieves tried to pry open two metal compartments doors on the work truck, causing an estimated $200 worth in damage.
Dispenser guns are used to apply adhesives and sealants to building materials.

26800 block of Bouquet Canyon Road
Vandals shattered the windshield and broke the driver's-side mirror and brake light of a 2003 Toyota Rav4 SUV belonging to a 22-year-old Saugus woman between midnight April 14 and 1:50 a.m. Sunday.
The victim identified a neighbor she believes may have damaged her car, a sheriff's report said.

Vandalism, criminal threats
Newhouse Street, Canyon Country
A 41-year-old Canyon Country woman told deputies her ex-boyfriend came to her Newhouse Street residence just after 3 p.m. Sunday to collect $40.
When the woman wouldn't pay, the man began to pound on her front door and ripped a screen off a window, a sheriff's report said.
The man allegedly told the woman to meet him at the 7-Eleven on Whites Canyon Road with the money, but deputies were unable to locate him at the store.

Newhall Avenue, Newhall
Thieves broke into a white 1994 Econoline Van by smashing the driver's-side window to steal just more than $2,000 worth of tools, including a jackhammer worth $900, a sheriff's report said.
The vehicle had been left in a parking garage, a sheriff's report said.



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