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Containment fails to catch shoplifter

Posted: August 23, 2014 4:33 p.m.
Updated: August 23, 2014 4:29 p.m.

Deputies set up a containment area around Valencia Boulevard and McBean Parkway as they searched for a shoplifter Saturday afternoon, but the man got away.

Shortly after 3 p.m., employees of the Khol’s in the 24000 block of Valencia Boulevard reported that a man walked out of the store wearing clothing he had not paid for.

“He walked out of the store, then ran away when he saw” deputies, Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Lt. Rob Hahnlein said.

The shoplifter then jumped onto a bike and got away, the lieutenant said.


EgbertSouse4U: Posted: August 24, 2014 12:13 a.m.

A containment area set up for a shoplifter? Were people evacuated from their homes as well?

ricketzz: Posted: August 24, 2014 9:16 a.m.

I thought it was an exercise when I heard it on the radio. I had no idea it was a petty theft. Must've been some special threads.

SCV123: Posted: August 24, 2014 10:08 a.m.

We truly have the most bored sheriffs ever. It must have been a slow day for giving out traffic tickets for victimless "crimes" like having tint on the front side windows or no front license plate.

bobforte: Posted: August 24, 2014 10:39 a.m.


castaicjack: Posted: August 24, 2014 4:12 p.m.

Perhaps this guy was a repeat offender at the store and somebody recognized him, hence the more determined effort to nab him.

AdamTwelve: Posted: August 25, 2014 11:06 a.m.

Practice is practice. Can't knock it.

Maybe they over-did the shots heard call at the school and now this,

but I'd rather see my Sheriffs doing these perimeters (as long as it doesn't take too long) so in case real stuff
happens, they'd have done it several times. Practice, practice.

In a slow city, like this, I'm surprised they don't do more of these watch skills building exercises, like grid searches, perimeter coordination, etc. If they elect to do more practice drills, just do 'em over at Castaic, give those truck drivers and their lizards a scare.

As for the shoplifting, give the guy some credit for creativity, that's one way to change wardrobe. With a bike for a get-away ride, even better.

But we should be encouraging our Sheriffs to do more of these drills--which other stations do an average of 5 times per watch, real ones too, our guys do it once in a blue moon, for a shoplifter no less. But practice is practice.

Also, extra traffic enforcement on Golden Valley Road from Plum Canyon. Don't forget that.

Otherwise, BZ for getting some work done. My hats off to them for at least trying.

stevehw: Posted: August 25, 2014 12:52 p.m.

Seriously? They couldn't catch a shoplifter on a bike, even *with* a "containment area"?

They must not only be bored, they must be incompetent as well.

Oh, well, I'm sure they'll do a bang-up job standing around at the next DUI checkpoint arresting no drunks.


johnnyrock: Posted: August 25, 2014 3:00 p.m.


Unreal: Posted: August 25, 2014 5:48 p.m.

They could have tried a spike strip!

I bet he lived in the houses behind or apartments behind Kohls and it made for a quick get a way.

DMeyer: Posted: August 25, 2014 8:18 p.m.

Ever been on the paseo system behind the Kohls? It's a maze and a great escape route for a crook. It would be easy to lose even a master tracker like stevehw the dog bounty hunter on those paths.

EgbertSouse4U: Posted: August 25, 2014 8:58 p.m.

With the huge mormon population, he just blended into the crowd.... just another guy in a full dress suit on a bike.

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