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Crime Watch

Posted: September 3, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 3, 2012 2:00 a.m.
 

Aug. 28

Grand theft

Starlight Lane, Castaic

A 48-year-old longtime Castaic homeowner told sheriff’s deputies he always kept property unlocked in his car port when he reported the theft of tools valued at $1430, deputies reported.

Sometime between 7 and 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, thieves stole the man’s red Craftsman tool containing Craftsman and SnapOn tools valued at more than $1,000 dollars.

The victim told me told me he has lived in the area a long time and has left unsecured items under the car port in the past,” deputies wrote.

Aug. 28

Vandalism, petty theft

Lyons Avenue, Valencia

Thieves snipped the gas line of a 2008 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck in order to steal the gasoline contained there, deputies reported.

About 7:30 p.m., cut the fuel hose under the truck and stole about a quarter of a tank of gasoline valued at $25.

The cost paid by the 63-year-old truck owner to fix the fuel line was $276.69, deputies reported.

Aug. 29

Vandalism

Lyons Avenue, Newhall

Sometime between noon on Aug. 24 and 10 a.m. Wednesday vandals damaged the restroom and elevator of a business in Lyons Plaza, deputies with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station reported in their log.

Deputies noted that vandals broke the toilet paper holder, soap dispenser and some wall tiles. The vandals also sprayed a “glue adhesive” on the buttons of the elevator.

The business owner reportedly told deputies deal “with disgruntled clients on a daily basis.” Damage to the restroom and elevator were reported to $900 and $100 respectively.

Burglary

Highway 138, Neenach

Thieves used bolt cutters to snip their way through a barbed wire fence and then into a storage container, making off with more than $40,000 in fragile glass ornaments, sheriff’s deputies reported in their log.

Sometime between 10 p.m. Aug. 26 and 11 a.m. Wednesday, thieves snipped five strands of barbed wire set up around a storage facility, then cut two metal latches on storage containers 10 feet from the fence, deputies wrote in their report.

Items stolen include 100 Hallmark “Kiddie Kars” ornaments valued at $300 each, $10,000 worth of Hallmark Christmas ornaments and two Hasbro “small soldiers” dolls valued at $100 each.

Petty theft

Golden Valley Road, Canyon Country

A 37-year-old San Francisco woman was arrested for allegedly trying to steal $234 worth of bras and underwear from a Kohl’s store, deputies reported.

A “loss prevention” employee called the sheriff’s station after he reportedly spotted the stolen merchandise “sticking out” of the woman’s clothing when she bent over to pick something up.

Items stolen included: two bras, J. LO Intimates sleepwear, a $36 J. LO Intimates “Missy Sleep Lounge” under garment and a $20 thong.

The Kohl’s staffer noticed the woman took the items into a dressing room but did not appear to have them when she came out of the room, they reported.

Aug. 30

Vandalism

Festividad Drive, Valencia

A 78-year-old Valencia woman phoned sheriff’s deputies after someone smashed the rear sliding door of her house.

Deputies responding to the call reported: “I observed the rear sliding glass door had been smashed by an unknown object, or person. The glass door was still in tact and no penetration was seen.”

Grand theft

Fahren Court, Newhall

A “disgruntled employee” is the prime suspect in a series of battery thefts in Newhall, deputies reported in their log.

Sometime between Aug. 7 and Aug. 30, three deep cycle batteries valued at $200 were stolen from a locked box by a Newhall apartment complex, they wrote.

An employee of Time Warner Co., on Market Street in Newhall, reported the thefts, telling deputies that “Over the past three weeks, Time Warner has had numerous thefts of these batteries in the Santa Clarita Valley and Castaic area.”

Deputies said the Time Warner representative told them he “believes the person stealing the batteries is a disgruntled employee who never gave his key back to the company.”

The batteries were installed to help power cable units at the apartment complex, deputies were told.

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.

jholt@the-signal.com

661-287-5527

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