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Posted: July 30, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: July 30, 2012 2:00 a.m.
 

July 9

Petty theft

Thieves cut out and stole an air conditioning unit from a home on Green Mountain Road in Canyon Country, a sheriff’s report said.

The homeowner went to the home, which was for sale, when buyers told him the air conditioning unit was broken.

When he arrived at the home, he found that the air conditioning unit had been cut out of the home and stolen.

July 15

Petty theft

An employee at the Vons market on Bouquet Canyon Road reported a theft to sheriff’s deputies, a sheriff’s report said.

The employee was returning from her break when she saw a man stuffing two cans of Gillette-brand shaving gel and two cans of Axe-brand hairstyling gel into his pockets.

The employee approached the suspect and told him he was on camera and needed to give the items back.

The suspect responded, “Oh, I’m on camera? Sorry.”

He gave the employee three of the four personal-care items but kept one can of the shaving gel.

The suspect left the market on foot and sheriff’s deputies were unable to locate him.

July 18

Grand theft and vandalism

A suspect broke into a construction site on North Via Sonora Road in Santa Clarita and stole a large amount of plywood lumber, a sheriff’s report said.

A suspect cut the ignition and backing alarm on a forklift at the construction site and used it to load the plywood and lumber into a truck.

The suspect stole 59 sheets of 4-by-10-foot plywood, 63 sheets of 4-by-9-foot plywood, 120 sheets of 4-by-8-foot sheets of plywood and 832 two-by-fours.

Petty theft

An informant told sheriff’s deputies that thieves pried the gas caps off two work trucks behind a business and stole 100 gallons of gasoline, a sheriff’s report said.

The two trucks parked behind the business were a 2002 Chevrolet van and a 1996 Chevrolet truck.

The 100 gallons of gas has an estimated value of $400. The theft occurred on Constellation Road in Valencia.

Public intoxication

A sheriff’s deputy arrested a 23-year-old man at Valencia Boulevard and Goldcrest Drive after pulling him over for having an excessively loud customized muffler on his car, a sheriff’s report said.

The deputy smelled marijuana and alcohol coming from the car when he pulled the suspect over.

When the deputy told the man he was under arrest, he told the deputy to not call or disturb his mother who lived nearby.

The suspect refused to give the deputy her phone number but did give his father’s number.

The deputy called the number but no one answered.

The suspect was found to be on parole and driving on a suspended license.

July 22

Driving under the influence

A man was arrested for DUI at Wiley Canyon Road and Wabuska Street in Newhall, a sheriff’s report said.

A sheriff’s deputy found the man parked “in an erratic manner by the wash” in his red Ford F-150 truck.

The truck was running and the man was slumped against the driver’s-side window.

Under questioning, the man said he didn’t know where he was heading, where he was, what time it was or when he last ate.

However, when the deputy asked him what he had to drink he said, “I had a fifth of Smirnoff vodka.”

During a field sobriety test, the man repeatedly asked, “How the hell did I get here?”

July 24

Burglary

Thieves stole three 12-volt batteries from a Time Warner Cable facility at 25710 Mountain Pass Road in Canyon Country, a sheriff’s report said.

A Time Warner employee told a sheriff’s deputy the batteries were stolen from a locked steel cabinet and added that approximately 20 similar thefts have occurred recently.

The employee said the batteries are popular with the “lowrider crowd.”

All information is compiled from reports at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station gathered Thursday. To report a crime, call (661) 255-1121. To report a tip anonymously, call (800) 222-8477.

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