Dozens of stolen SUV third row seats were recovered by Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies after an investigation was conducted in October.
The city of Santa Clarita and surrounding areas have experienced a very high rate of vehicle burglaries involving the theft of American built SUV third row seats in 2015.
To combat these types of thefts, the Santa Clarita Valley Station’s Crime Impact Team, or CIT, conducted an investigation into the thefts.
During the investigation, deputies identified a residence in Lancaster where it appeared that occupants were buying the stolen third row seats.
On Oct. 28, 2015, deputies from the CIT and Juvenile Team, or J-Team, served a search warrant at the identified residence on 36th Street West in Lancaster.
Deputies recovered 44 third row seats that are believed to have been stolen from the Santa Clarita Valley and surrounding areas.
The homeowner, 30-year-old Alexander Huerta was arrested for operating a chop shop and receiving stolen property.
Deputies will be making attempts to match the recovered third row seats with reports of stolen third row seats.
If you reported a third row seat stolen in the Santa Clarita Valley or surrounding area, and you have some way to identify your property, contact CIT personnel at 661-799-5147.
If you have any other information regarding this incident, you may also contacting Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station at (661) 255-1121.
Or if you wish to remain Anonymous, call “LA Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or using the website.