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UPDATE: Newhall man arrested following Valencia car burglary

Investigators say victim left purse in car behind shopping center

Posted: June 3, 2013 10:32 a.m.
Updated: June 3, 2013 6:26 p.m.

A burglary suspect is arrested near the end of Alicante Drive in Valencia on Monday. Signal photo by Dan Watson

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A burglar smashed the window of a car parked in a Valencia shopping center and stole a purse containing more than $600 on Monday, Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s officials said.

A suspect was apprehended about 15 minutes later following a foot pursuit through the paseos behind Granary Square.

He was identified as Sherman Cox, 24, of Newhall. He is expected to appear in San Fernando Superior Court on Wednesday on a charge of burglary and a misdemeanor charge of possessing drug paraphernalia, said Deputy Josh Dubin of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

About 10:15 a.m. Monday, a lone male wearing a black “hoodie” sweatshirt smashed the glass of a car parked behind Granary Square on McBean Parkway at Arroyo Park. He grabbed the purse and ran toward Cortina Drive near Jack Russell Drive east of Granary Square.

Deputies were able to identify a suspect because of a quick-thinking witness, a friend of the victim who called in the crime, Dubin said.

Deputies lost sight of the suspect in the paseo system, but a man matching the witness’s description and carrying a bag was spotted running near the South Fork Trail.

By 10:30 a.m., sheriff’s Sgt. Darren Harris held the suspect at gunpoint on the trail.

“Sgt. Harris started looking through the paseos,” Dubin said. “He then was able to detain the suspect at gunpoint.”
Deputies recovered $634 and the woman’s credit cards. However, they are still looking for her purse and wallet, Dubin said.

“She is very thankful,” he said.

During the arrest, deputies seized a methamphetamine pipe, resulting in a drug paraphernalia charge against Cox, Dubin said.


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