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[KHTS] – Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies have released the crime reports for the week of Oct. 20-26.

Crime-HEADER-8Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station J-Team, or Juvenile Intervention Team, deputies netted three drug arrests Friday night in Saugus for the first of several planned operations to crack down on narcotics in the Santa Clarita Valley nightlife scene, officials announced Monday.

Eric Earle, who was found guilty of murder of Karla Brada in September was sentenced to 26 years to life, officials said Monday.

A Santa Clarita man pleaded no contest to a child molestation charge Monday, receiving a 213-day sentence and five years probation, prompting frustration and anger from a now-14-year-old victim.

A Santa Clarita Valley woman is due in court on trafficking charges in court next month, when she’ll face four counts related to her August arrest.

California Highway Patrol officers have yet to finalize their investigation into a fatal collision that killed 17-year-old Saugus High student Jennifer Stift, officials said Wednesday.

Defense attorneys for a Castaic woman charged with her father’s murder asked for a mental evaluation before continuing the case.

Two men were arrested on felony charges Wednesday night for golf course vandalism, after they were allegedly seen riding a dirt bike onto a Valencia Country Club golf course.

The two teens arrested in connection with the SCV Purge are set to have their cases moved to the Los Angeles County Probation Department, District Attorney’s officials said Thursday.

Jurors found Eric Edwards and Diamonte McGhee guilty Thursday in the 2011 Halloween murder in Canyon Country. The District Attorney’s Office is set to retry the lone member of the “Halloween trio” who was not found guilty of charges brought against the three then-teens accused in a Halloween 2011 murder.

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station detectives arrested a suspect as part of a yearslong graffiti vandalism investigation, officials said Thursday.

A Canyon Country man accused in his father’s murder was held to answer to the charges, officials said Friday.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Special Enforcement Officers conducted their yearly Operation Safe Halloween and found a Santa Clarita sex offender living with children, officials said Friday.

Crime Reports 

KHTS publishes crime reports in alphabetical order by community as they are made available.

Here are the crime reports for Canyon Country East, Canyon Country West, Castaic/ Val Verde, Newhall and Valencia.

Canyon Country East

A residential burglary was reported near the 18160 block of Terra Verde Place.  The suspect entered through the upstairs open window.  The suspect cut the screen to make entry.  The suspect ransacked the house and stole an Apple laptop and US currency.

There was a residential burglary reported near the 30600 block of Tick Canyon Road. The house has been empty for 3 months.  The suspect possibly entered the north window and left through the front door.  A 6’ tall Dracula and 6 wall candle holders were stolen from the location.

A residential burglary was reported near the 18200 Soledad Canyon Road.  The suspect entered her open attached garage and ransacked her vehicle.  The suspect stole 2 computer bags, US currency, debit cards and a Canon camera.

An attempt residential burglary occurred near the 17900 block of Danielson Street. The suspect in this incident tried to pry the front door open but was un successful.  There is no suspect description from this incident.

A theft from a vehicle occurred at Jakes Way/Eleanor Circle.  The suspect broke the passenger window to the vehicle to gain entry.  The suspects stole an iPod, “V Tech” tablet, headphones and a phone charger.

There was a vehicle burglary reported near 27400 block of Anthony Lane.  The suspect shattered the passenger window to gain entry.  The suspect stole “Gucci” sunglasses and US Currency.

A theft from a vehicle occurred near the 29900 block of Violet Hills Drive. It is unknown how the suspects made entry into the vehicle. The suspect(s) stole several tools including: Milwaukee reciprocating saw, Bosch laser level, Milwaukee skill saw, Dewalt drill, Bosch demolition hammer in an orange metal case and a Bosch demolition hammer in a blue case.

Canyon Country West

A residential burglary occurred near the 26700 block of Claudette Street.  Person(s) unknown forced open the victims garage door and stole items from within.  This incident is currently under investigation by Santa Clarita Valley Station detectives.

A petty theft occurred near the 20800 block of Golden Triangle.  Person(s) unknown took the victim’s cell phone which she had placed on a desk in the location.   This incident is currently under investigation by Santa Clarita Valley Station detectives

A petty theft occurred near the 18600 block of Via Princessa.  The victim had his sun glasses and wallet taken from a locker from within the location.  This incident is currently under investigation by Santa Clarita Valley Station detectives

A shoplift occurred near the 18900 block of Soledad Canyon Road.  One suspect was arrested for felony shoplifting from the above location.   This incident is currently under investigation by Santa Clarita Valley Station detectives.

Castaic/ Val Verde 

There was a domestic violence reported from the 27000 block of Violin Canyon.  During an argument the suspect struck his partner with a broom stick causing a small laceration.  The suspect was arrested and the victim refused medical attention.  Both parties had been consuming alcohol prior to the incident.

A residential burglary was reported from the 27000 block of Villa Canyon.  The victim believes a friend who he owes money to entered his room and took two lap tops and an Apple I-pod.

A theft from a vehicle was reported from the 31000 block of The Old Road.  The suspect entered the victim’s 5th wheel trailer through a side window and stole a TV and two handheld radios.

Newhall

On Thursday the 23rd, a 22 year old male was arrested for armed robbery in the 24700 block of Valley Street.  The suspect also confessed to a similar robbery in another area the week before.

Between Sunday the 19th at 10:00 p.m., and Monday the 20th at 9:45 a.m., two vehicle burglaries were reported.  One occurred in the 23000 block of Hilse Lane, the other in the 25100 block of Walnut Street.  Electronics, tools, and clothing were taken from the vehicles.

Between Sunday the 19th, and Monday the 20th, a 1998 Ford “Explorer” was stolen from the 25000 block of Hawkbyrn Avenue.  The vehicle was recovered on Thursday the 23rd by CHP-Newhall.

Two other vehicles were reported stolen that have not yet been recovered.  On Wednesday the 22nd, a 1999 Chevy “Silverado” pick-up was stolen from the 21300 block of Alder Drive, and on Sunday the 26th, a 1987 Toyota “Camry” was stolen from the 22400 block of 4th Street.

On Wednesday the 22nd, two separate suspects were arrested for theft in the 24100 block of Lyons Avenue.  A 38 year old male was booked for felony theft with a prior and a 20 year old male was booked for petty theft.

Between Sunday the 19th, and Tuesday the 21st, two thefts from unlocked vehicles were reported.  One occurred in the 23700 block of Via Canon, the second in the 20900 block of Via Estrella.

Deputies from the Crime Impact Team made two arrests while conducting bicycle patrol the night of Thursday the 23rd.  A 24 year old male was arrested for possession of stolen property and burglary tools, near 16th Street and Newhall Avenue.  The second was a 34 year old male who was arrested for possession for sales of marijuana behind a business in the 22800 block of Lyons Avenue.

Valencia

An assault with a deadly weapon occurred near the intersection of Creekside Drive and Valencia Boulevard.  The suspect and the victim were in the riverbed drinking when the suspect asked the victim if he could use his marker, the victim said no.  The suspect picked up a rock and threw it at the victim hitting him in the face.  The suspect left the location and took the victim’s personal property.  The suspect was later contacted by patrol deputies.  The victim was non desirous of prosecution

A grand theft occurred near the 23500 block of Magic Mountain Parkway.  An unknown suspect stole four 18 inch Alloy wheels from a 2015 Honda Accord.  The suspect jacked the car off the ground and stole the wheels while the vehicle was still parked on the lot.

A burglary occurred near the 22900 block of Banyan Place.  An unknown suspect entered the victim’s garage and stole his table saw.  No forced entry was located at the location and no suspects were  seen in the area at the time of this incident.

A burglary occurred near the 24000 block of Avocado Lane.  The victim left her garage open while her kids were outside playing.  When she went to her vehicle she noticed her purse was missing from her car which was parked in her garage, but unlocked.  The suspect then went to Wal-Mart and Target and made purchases with the victim’s credit card.

A burglary occurred near the 25200 block of Avenida Rotella.  The victim came home and noticed her window was open and thought she heard someone inside her home.  As she walked outside to call 911 she saw a white van leaving the location.  A short time later a second call came out in the Saugus area stating a male adult was putting on gloves and entering the victim’s backyard.  Deputies detained the driver and after a brief investigation and were able to confirm the suspect was responsible for the burglary on Avenida Rotella.  An outstanding job goes out to our patrol deputies for making a great arrest.

A vehicle burglary occurred near the 27800 block of Smyth Drive.  The victim parked his vehicle on Smyth Drive and locked his car before attending school.  When he returned to vehicle he noticed his vehicles face plate was gone along with air conditioning unit.

During this past week we had six incidents of shoplifting occur from our local businesses.  Out of the six incidents we arrested five suspects.   All suspects were taken to Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station and booked on the indicated charge.

Please read the following crime prevention tips and take these steps to help keep your vehicle safe and avoid becoming a victim.

You can prevent vehicle theft!

Most cars are taken by amateurs who can be stopped fairly easily. You can increase your protection against this type of crime by taking the following sensible precautions:

Lock up

  • An unlocked car is an open invitation to a car thief. Lock up when you leave your car, and take the keys with you.
  • Lock the trunk or tailgate.
  • Close all windows — professional thieves have tools that unlock cars through the smallest openings.
  • Be sure vent or wind-wing windows are shut tight.
  • When you park the car, remove cellular phones, cassette players and other valuable possessions. Do not leave gift-wrapped packages or cameras lying on the seat. Lock all valuables in your trunk or take them with you.
  • Lock your car even if you are making a quick stop at the gas station, convenience store or mini-mall.

Park carefully

  • Don’t leave an auto in unattended public parking lots for an extended period. A car is five times more likely to be stolen from an unattended lot than from the street or attended lot.
  • If possible, park your car in a lot where you don’t have to leave your keys.
  • Never attach a tag with your name and address to your key ring. If the keys are lost or stolen, the tag will lead the thief directly to your car and your home. If you have to leave your keys with a parking attendant, leave only the ignition key.
  • At night, park in well-lit areas with lots of people around.
  • Turn wheels sharply toward the curb when parking, this makes it extra difficult for thieves to tow your car.

Operation I.D.

  • With an electric engraver, etch your driver’s license number (preceded by the letters “CA”) on cassette players and other valuable items.
  • Record your vehicle identification number (located on a small metal plate on the dashboard of newer cars) and store it in a safe place.

Keep the vehicle registration in your wallet or purse, not in your car.

Use anti-theft devices

  • When buying a car, check the manufacturer’s list of anti-theft options, such as interior hood and trunk releases, locking steering columns and others.
  • Consider the purchase and installation of security devices, such as:

– Interior hood lock release.

– Second ignition switch or “kill switch” to prevent electrical current from reaching the coil distributor.

– Fuel switch to prevent fuel from reaching the carburetor.

– Locking gas cap.

– Locking devices for batteries, wheels, decks, etc.

– Alarm device to activate a siren, horn or lights – or all three – to frighten the thief away.

– Device that attaches to the steering wheel or brake pedal.

Carjacking

This violent, random form of auto theft is on the rise. A driver of any vehicle can be a target of someone with a weapon. It can happen anywhere, day or night. Here are some precautions:

  • Keep your doors locked.
  • Park in well-lit, busy areas.
  • Be alert of your surroundings, of people approaching your vehicle.
  • Stick with the traffic, avoid lightly traveled streets, especially after dark.
  • Keep car and house keys on separate key chains.
  • Keep the garage door opener in your purse or briefcase.
  • When stopped in traffic, always leave enough room to make an emergency getaway.
  • If someone is threatening you with a weapon, give up the vehicle — it’s not worth your life.

How to prevent theft of other motor vehicles:

Thefts of snowmobiles, motorcycles, boats and trail-bikes are also increasing. Many of the same precautions that apply to cars also apply to recreational vehicles.

Lock It

  • Make sure all easy-to-carry items like motors, water skis and camping gear are locked up before leaving your vehicle.

Chain It

  • Vehicles carried on trailers should be secured with a strong chain and padlock.
  • When the trailer is not attached to your car, secure it with a heavy chain and lock to a stationary object.
  • Chain your motorcycle or snowmobile to a stationary object such as a lamppost or sewer grating. Even when your vehicle is in the garage, use a heavy chain and padlock that resists conventional steel hacksaw blades.

 

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