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Canyon High thief still at large

Unknown man makes off with $600 after prying open window

Posted: October 15, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 15, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Local sheriff’s deputies are still looking for the burglar who broke into Canyon High School and made off with $600 in cafeteria sales money plus keys to a 7-UP vending machine which the school no longer uses.

Deputies with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station reviewed a surveillance camera footage of the break-in and have a number of suspects in mind, according to the station’s report log.

A week ago, a video camera set up inside the school’s Associated Student Body office captured a young man breaking into the school on Nadal Street, in Canyon Country, deputies reported.

The break-in happened Tuesday at about 2:45 a.m.

“The suspect attempts to push the window open with his bare hands but is unsuccessful,” the deputy wrote in his report. “The suspect then uses an unknown pry tool to pry open the window.

“The suspect then enters the ASB office by sliding his body over the stainless steel counter top, through the open window that is not much larger than his body,” he wrote.

“The suspect is seen crouching down using a flashlight while he ransacked several file cabinets and the desk top,” he reported. “He is seen placing items in his pants pocket.”

At 2:53 a.m., the burglar trips the school’s motion detector and triggers the alarm and “quickly exits through the same window,” the deputy reported.

By monitoring video surveillance cameras mounted on the outside of the school’s buildings, the suspect is seen walking east across school property.

When school officials determined what was stolen, they told deputies keys were also taken for “old 7-UP machines that were no longer at the school.”




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