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SCV Crime Watch: Guitars, supermarket scooter and diaper bag stolen during New Year week

Posted: January 8, 2013 5:21 p.m.
Updated: January 8, 2013 5:21 p.m.

Dec. 29
Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia
Thieves stole two guitars and a bottle of wine from an open garage as the owner moved items from one apartment to another nearby, deputies reported. Some time after 9:30 a.m. Dec. 29, thieves made off with a $350 Fender Telecaster electric guitar with a sunburst finish, a $700 Parkwood acoustic guitar and a $50 bottle of wine while the owner was moving. A deputy noted in the report: “I believe the point of entry and exit was through the open front garage door.”

Dec. 30
Petty theft
Lyons Avenue, Newhall
Deputies are looking for a woman in her mid-50s about 5-foot-5 who bought a 12-pack of beer and left the grocery store on one of the store’s electric motorized shopping cart wheelchair — and failed to return it. Theft of the $800 scooter happened at exactly 7:05 p.m. Dec. 30 when the woman paid for the beer at the Vons store on Lyons Avenue, deputies noted in their report. A store employee reported the crime when he saw the woman driving down the sidewalk on Wiley Canyon Road away from the store. When deputies accessed the store’s video surveillance system, they learned one of the store’s cameras failed to cover the cash register used by the woman and a second camera covering the exit doors was broken. The woman remains at large.

Dec. 31
Sunset Hills, Valencia
Sometime between 7:30 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. New Year’s Eve, thieves broke into a storage unit in Sunset Hills and stole a $400 desktop computer, deputies reported. The storage unit was reportedly checked at 7:30 a.m., but shortly afterward someone ripped off the metal security bars to the storage building window, then broke the window and gained access to the building, deputies reported. According to investigators, the room was ransacked and a computer stolen. Damage was estimated at $190.

Jan. 1
Grand Theft
Scherzinger Lane, Canyon Country
Some time between 6 p.m. New Year’s Eve and the morning of New Year’s Day, thieves stole tools from the bed of a black 1993 GMC Sierra pickup truck. The victim, who works for a construction company, told deputies he stored the tools in a toolbox that had a broken lock. Deputies found no sign of forced entry. Thieves stole a jack hammer valued at $900, a $150 hammer drill and an angle grinder valued at $150.

Jan. 2
Burglary (vacant residence)
Chestnut Street, Newhall
Some time between 4 p.m. Dec. 29 and the morning of Jan. 2, thieves entered a vacant house and stole a $120 RYOBI 10-inch Miter saw, deputies reported. A woman who owns the property told investigators the saw was on a work table in the living room of the residence. Thieves are believed to have entered the house by the living room window, “evidence by the fact that it was left open,” deputies wrote. The woman told them the window was locked but could easily have been opened.

Jan. 2
Petty theft
Bates Street, Stevenson Ranch
About 9:15 a.m., thieves stole a $600 leaf blower from the back of a pickup truck parked in front of a house on Bates Street, deputies reported. The device was left with other gardening tools in the bed of a black unlocked 1990 Toyota pickup truck.

Jan. 4
Burglary (vehicle)
Jasmine Valley Drive, Canyon Country
Thieves stole a mother’s diaper bag but, doing so, also made off with her purse. Some time between 4:30 a.m. and 6:45 a.m., someone smashed the passenger side window of her 2008 white Toyota Corolla and stole a diaper bag containing a $60 zebra-patterned wallet with $20 in cash, deputies with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station reported in their log. Deputies noted the woman told deputies she: “heard a loud car driving by several times at approximately 4:30 a.m. She looked outside and saw an older ‘boxy shape’ white Ford Mustang with loud exhaust leave from the area at a high rate of speed.”




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