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ID theft, greedy shoplifting and too wasted to be around

Posted: January 28, 2013 7:06 p.m.
Updated: January 28, 2013 7:06 p.m.

Jan. 12
Theft by account information
Identity theft
Via Aranda, Valencia
Some time between midnight Jan. 6 and midnight Jan. 12, thieves ripped off a 68-year-old retiree for more than $200 by stealing his identity, deputies reported. The thieves tried “to open accounts with Walmart and Kohl’s using his personal information such as Social Security, birth date and name without his knowledge,” they wrote in their report. The thieves eventually purchased goods online using his information, the deputies said. The victim was contacted by PayPal about attempts to use the man’s PayPal account. The company canceled a $200.54 transaction at

Jan. 21
Burglary (shoplifting)
Carl Boyer Drive, Santa Clarita
A man and woman carrying seven large blue Walmart bags entered the store at Centre Pointe and loaded each bag with display items while the store’s loss-prevention officers watched. Then they covered the bags with larger items and left the store with more than $1,000 of stolen items, deputies reported. The two store officers ran after them. The couple was followed to a dark gray Kia, deputies reported.
When one of the store representatives tried to stop the woman from getting into the car, the man assaulted her, “suddenly grabbed her right arm and her neck then pushed her against another vehicle which was parked next to the suspect’s vehicle,” deputies reported.
The woman broke away and tried to photograph the car’s license plate as the other store representative grabbed the shopping cart loaded with stolen goods. The suspects drove away but sheriff’s deputies were called.
Deputies contacted the registered owner of the Kia — an elderly woman living in a mobile home park. Though she told them she was home all day, her Kia’s engine hood was warm to the touch. Upon entering the mobile home, deputies saw a man and a woman trying to leave by the back door. The pair were detained and identified by the elderly woman as her daughter and son-in-law.
The Walmart loss-prevention officers later identified them as the shoplifters.

Jan. 21
Petty theft (shoplifting)
McBean Parkway, Valencia
A freshman at College of the Canyons was arrested for shoplifting after allegedly stealing a wallet, a purse and a pair of Converse All Star high-top women’s sneakers from Macy’s, deputies reported. The woman, described as 5-foot 11-inches talol, was spotted by a loss-prevention officer who contacted deputies. The store representative gave deputies a disc containing video surveillance footage of the theft.

Jan. 21
Burglary (residential)
Starlight Lane, Castaic
A Castaic homeowner had his home looted while he was away at work, deputies reported in their log. Some time between 7:45 a.m., when the man left for work, and 9:20 p.m., burglars broke into his home through a sliding glass door at the rear, they reported. Thieves made off with about $12,000 in stolen watches, cigars, fishing gear, cash, exotic knives and a 55-inch flat-screen TV, deputies itemized in their report. Included in the loot was a 15-year-old watch valued at $4,800, a 100-year-old pocket knife and a 70-year-old German Solingen knife. Thieves also took a $5 pillow case.

Jan. 24
Burglary (commercial)
Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus
Shortly after 2 a.m. Thursday, deputies responded to the Numero Uno store for a report of a burglary. The burglar apparently kicked in the lower wooden board of the rear door, gained entry and stole $120 worth of wine and beer from the refrigerator, deputies wrote in their report. A representative of the store told deputies the door had been boarded up a year ago after burglars broke a lower glass section of the same door. Deputies were told the suspects “only had a few seconds before setting off the alarm system.” The store representative there were security cameras, but the cameras did not catch the suspects on tape.

Jan. 25
Drunk in public
Rosemont Place, Saugus
Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s deputies patrolling Saugus found an 18-year-old woman asleep in the back seat of a car Friday, they reported in their log. One deputy wrote: “I attempted to wake the suspect by talking to her; however, she did not respond. I then opened the rear passenger door and again attempted to wake her by talking and shaking her left shoulder. After several attempts, I was able to get the suspect to wake and sit up.
“I asked her what she was doing in the area, and she stated she had been out with friends and they had left her alone at the location. When I asked why they left her there, she said, ‘If you were as wasted as I am you would have left me too.’” Deputies arrested the woman when she couldn’t remember the number of house where she lived, they reported.
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