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Gas siphoning suspect arrested in Palmdale

Posted: November 15, 2012 2:42 p.m.
Updated: November 15, 2012 2:42 p.m.

Joseph Carlos Beltran, 22, of Castaic.

Sheriff’s deputies in Palmdale have arrested a College of the Canyons student sought locally for allegedly siphoning gas from a car in Canyon Country  who, when confronted by a good Samaritan, attacked the man with a pen.

Shortly before 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, patrol deputies with the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station arrested Joseph Carlos Beltran, 22, of Castaic.

Beltran was detained after deputies discovered he had an outstanding felony arrest warrant in regards to the gas-siphoning incident, said Deputy Joshua Dubin of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

Last week, local deputies released a photograph of Beltran and a notice that he was a person of interest.  A day later, they obtained a felony warrant for his arrest.

Beltran allegedly tried to steal gas on Sept. 5 by siphoning it from a vehicle in the 18500 block of Soledad Canyon Road near Sierra Highway, Dubin said.

When a good Samaritan confronted him about the siphoning, the suspect picked up a writing pen and tried to stab him, he said.

Beltran had allegedly removed about 10 gallons of gasoline from the car before he was approached.

“Between our proactive deputies and detectives, and a strong partnership with the community we serve, it does not pay to commit crime in the Santa Clarita Valley,” Dubin said Thursday.

“This case is being handled by detectives with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station COBRA team, and no further information is available at this time”



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