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Gun club burglar gets 22 days in jail

Posted: June 25, 2014 6:17 p.m.
Updated: June 25, 2014 6:17 p.m.

Surveillance photo of the gun club burglary on April 26.


A Canyon Country man who stole $1,800 in ammunition after kicking in the door of a gun club — then re-entered the building to take a bottle of water from a refrigerator — was sentenced to 22 days in county jail, a court spokesman said Wednesday.

Mario Salazar, 20, dubbed the “thirsty thief” following the crime, also received three years of formal probation after pleading no contest to second degree commercial burglary, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said.

Salazar kicked in the door of the Oak Tree Gun Club in Newhall around 7 p.m. April 26. The club was closed at the time.

The burglar stole a rifle case and about $1,800 worth of ammunition from the gun club on Coltrane Avenue.

On the club’s surveillance camera footage, Salazar 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, said Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s Deputy Josh Dubin.

Five days later, Salazar was arrested after deputies received a tip from someone identifying him from the video image.

Deputies recovered all the loot stolen from the gun club — except the bottle of water, Dubin said shortly after the arrest.

Salazar is scheduled to appear back in court July 15 for a restitution hearing.
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DMeyer: Posted: June 25, 2014 9:42 p.m.

Wow, 3 whole weeks and a day. They really sent him a message. I'm sure he will never ever do a burglary again after serving that amount of hard time.

LosRubios: Posted: June 25, 2014 11:35 p.m.

DMeyer - he might learn this lesson:
"Your brain - O. Your brain on drugs - o"
"Your but - o. Your but in jail - O"

SReilly12: Posted: June 25, 2014 11:41 p.m.

LosRubios - thanks for the laugh - just spit soda all over myself :)

chefgirl358: Posted: June 25, 2014 11:51 p.m.

So that means he was probably booked in and immediately released because he's a "non violent" offender. Thanks again for realignment you jacka** governor!

EgbertSouse4U: Posted: June 26, 2014 11:44 a.m.

22 whole days, eh? Wow, that ought to teach him...

boneshark: Posted: June 26, 2014 12:02 p.m.

I needed a good laugh to start the day...Thanks LosRubios!

DMeyer: Posted: June 26, 2014 12:58 p.m.

Good one LosRubios, let's just hope he gets passed around a lot in those 22 days.

edwards55: Posted: June 26, 2014 3:38 p.m.

sad sad ... but funny o O

Unreal: Posted: June 26, 2014 4:25 p.m.

Maybe they could not prove that the bullets came from the club? The article says the camera shows the rifle bag and water bottle being taken but says nothing of video showing the bullets being taken?

Maybe all they could really prove was a B&E and the theft rifle case and water bottle so they plea bargained it down since not much money involved
in what they could prove?

Rocketeer: Posted: June 26, 2014 5:05 p.m.

So, the point of this sentence was to make the rest of us feel like chumps for obeying the laws?

SCV123: Posted: June 27, 2014 10:08 a.m.

Conjugal visits? Mmmm. Not that I know of. Y'know, minimum-security prison is no picnic. I have a client in there right now. He says the trick is: kick someone's ass the first day, or become someone's b*tch.

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