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UPDATED: Canyon Country man arrested in gun club theft

Posted: May 13, 2014 3:21 p.m.
Updated: May 13, 2014 5:05 p.m.

This image from surveillance footage at the Oak Tree Gun Club in Newhall shows the suspect in a theft last month.


Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s deputies acting on a tip have arrested the man they believe is the gun club burglar, recovering all the loot stolen from a Newhall gun club — except a bottle of water, a sheriff’s deputy said Tuesday.

Detectives with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station arrested a 20-year-old Canyon Country man Monday on suspicion of the burglary, Deputy Josh Dubin said Tuesday.

Mario Salazar was charged with burglary and is scheduled to appear Thursday in San Fernando Superior Court.

“All the property has been recovered,” Dubin said, referring to about 3,000 stolen bullets loaded into a stolen rifle case.

“The only thing we didn’t get back is the bottle of water,” he said.

A man kicked in a door of the Oak Tree Gun Club in Newhall shortly before 7 p.m. April 26. The club was closed at the time.

Dubin said the burglar stole a rifle case and approximately $1,800 worth of ammunition.

On the gun club’s surveillance camera footage, the suspect is seen leaving the club with the rifle case, then going back inside and emerging a second time with a bottle of water.

On May 7, detectives released a video surveillance image depicting the suspect and immediately began receiving tips, Dubin said.

“Working through all the tips, detectives followed up on those tips and ultimately made an arrest yesterday,” Dubin said Tuesday.

Salazar remains in custody at the Sheriff’s Station jail with bail set at $20,000, according to documents maintained by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Inmate Information Center.
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LosRubios: Posted: May 13, 2014 4:37 p.m.

Good job SCV detectives

lmjenki: Posted: May 13, 2014 4:51 p.m.

Way to go guys!

ohhyaa: Posted: May 13, 2014 4:55 p.m.

For sure. Thanks for recovering all of the weapons and ammo. Sounds like a potential catastrophe in the making. Let's hope the gun club has beefed up security a lot and made it impossible to simply kick down a door to access so much weaponry.

DMeyer: Posted: May 13, 2014 4:57 p.m.

Bye bye sucka!

LosRubios: Posted: May 13, 2014 5:51 p.m.

Ohhyaa, agreed, let's hope their new security measures have gone beyond adding a padlock to the fridge to stop people stealing bottled water

bluefin: Posted: May 13, 2014 7:04 p.m.

Ohhyaa, NO weapons were stolen, firearms would be in the safe.

bluefin: Posted: May 13, 2014 7:07 p.m.

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ruthlessone: Posted: May 13, 2014 7:49 p.m.

I really wonder just how difficult a case this was to crack with the suspect wearing a Canyon HS baseball cap in the video.....hmmmmmmmm

JJman: Posted: May 14, 2014 11:51 p.m.

Nice identifiable tattoo he has on his right leg as he kicked in the door. Easy arrest of the dumbo.

JJman: Posted: May 14, 2014 11:53 p.m.

Maybe he can plea retarded or no hablo ingles.... no papers

ricketzz: Posted: May 14, 2014 6:26 a.m.

What street does the alleged miscreant live on? I like to know if my neighbors include a-holes.

src: Posted: May 14, 2014 8:11 a.m.

Did he just steal bullets? Or ammunition cartridges? Hehehe...

Great job finding him, sort of hope he catches an felony; people like this don't deserve to legally own firearms. I also hope Oak Tree has the sense to put up a more sturdy door or a security fence if they keep their kick-down-able door.

And like bluefin said, all the firearms were in the vault if the shop was closed.

17trillion: Posted: May 14, 2014 8:25 a.m.

"What street does the alleged miscreant live on? I like to know if my neighbors include a-holes."

I'm positive it does.

ajones999: Posted: May 14, 2014 1:24 p.m.

Good job!!

chefgirl358: Posted: May 14, 2014 6:09 p.m.

Great job guys!

Unreal: Posted: May 15, 2014 12:57 p.m.

It is fine that he was arrested but I think that the "Great job guys" is a little over the top. Someone turned him in and the cops drove to his house to get him. Not much detective work there. Barney Fife could have done that.

realdeal18: Posted: May 16, 2014 10:32 a.m.

Every one is commenting on about how great the SCV Detectives are but in ALL reality this kid turned himself in.... as in he when walked into the station no one was "searching" for him and the so called "tip" was personal information that was given to the station they did not obtain it themselves so who is the real detectives.... you guessed it no one! Not one cop dropped a donut for this one, it was all civilian work and the suspect.... so lets give credit to the real source.... the people!

AndyG: Posted: May 18, 2014 1:01 p.m.

Had he broken in one hour earlier, Mario Salazar would've been in for one hell of a citizen's arrest!

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