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Crime Watch: Knife-thrower misses but eggs hit their mark

From the logs of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station

Posted: February 6, 2013 6:54 p.m.
Updated: February 6, 2013 6:54 p.m.

Jan. 28
Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia
Some time between 5 p.m. Jan. 25 and 7 a.m. Jan. 28, thieves broke into a 1990 BMW by prying open the driver’s door, deputies reported. The thieves stole the car’s “shift knob” and two electric window switches. They also took the door panel off the driver-side door, causing $400 damage.

Jan. 30
Petty theft (pressure washer)
Costa Brava, Newhall
Some time between 11:30 a.m. and noon Jan. 30, thieves entered the open patio area of an apartment complex in Newhall and stole one tenant’s gas-powered pressure washer. The victim told deputies the thieves probably waited for her to take her child to school.

Jan. 30
Burglary (to vehicle)
Walnut Street, Newhall
Some time between 7:40 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Jan. 30, thieves entered the victim’s locked white 2000 Ford Mustang by picking the driver-side door lock and tried to steal the stereo, deputies reported. “There was permanent damage made to the door lock and the stereo’s frame,” they said, but nothing was taken.
Deputies noted that the victim’s car was parked in the unsecured carport parking area of her apartment complex and that the security gate was broken and stuck in the open position.

Jan. 30
Assault with a deadly weapon (knife)
Valencia Boulevard, Valencia
A man and a woman walked out of the Disney store in the Westfield Valencia Town Center mall when a man walked by them and “shoulder bumped” the man, deputies reported in their log. The offender continued on for a bit, then “stopped walking, turned around and, at approximately six feet away from the victim, threw a metal knife at the man’s girlfriend.”
A witness told deputies the suspect threw the knife as if he was “throwing a Ninja star.” The blunt part of the knife struck the woman and the man asked the knife-thrower “what his problem was,” deputies reported.
At that point, the suspect threw up his arms as if to challenge the man to a fight. Instead, the man grabbed the offender’s arms in an attempt to hold him for deputies, but the knife-thrower broke free and ran into the mall’s food court.
“The man chased after the suspect and caught up to him in the food court of the mall and restrained him until responding deputies arrived,” deputies reported. The suspect was arrested, charged and detained. The knife was collected as evidence. The woman was not injured.

Jan. 30
Petty theft
Newhall Ranch Road, Valencia
A woman shopping at food market was “unloading groceries from her shopping cart into her car when she then left the location and accidently left her purse in the shopping cart,” deputies wrote. About 10 minutes later, she returned for her purse, but it had been stolen, deputies wrote. The purse was valued at $400 and contained about $130 in cash.

Jan. 31
Burglary (residential)
Madigan Drive, Canyon Country
Some time between 3 p.m. Jan. 15 and 7 p.m. Jan. 31, thieves stole three guitars, a couple of guitar cases, a camera and some cash, deputies reported. The homeowner checked the contents of his home when he noticed a jar of coins was missing from his dining room, they said. Thieves stole two acoustic guitars valued at $400 and $600 respectively and a $1,000 electric Fender guitar decorated with white skulls on a black background. They also took a $500 Fuji camera and $160 in U.S. currency, deputies reported.

Feb. 1
Quail Valley Road, Castaic
A woman house-sitting for a Castaic homeowner called local sheriff’s deputies to report someone had egged the house, deputies wrote in a report. Some time between 7 p.m. Feb. 1 and 10 a.m. Feb 2, vandals threw at least five eggs, “hitting the front exterior,” they reported. Deputies said they “saw five yellow stained markings on the front of the house and broken egg shells on the ground below them.” Damage was estimated at $100.




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