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Detective Nabs Stevenson Ranch Burglary Suspect From Photo By Victim



Detectives with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station arrested a man on Thursday who is suspected of a Stevenson Ranch residential burglary.

Karen Kapshanyan, 24, of Van Nuys, was picked up in Van Nuys after a detective with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station received a tip based on a photo of the suspect that was taken by the burglary victim.

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Kapshanyan is being held at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station on residential burglary charges and he will be arraigned Thursday at San Fernando Superior Court in Sylmar.

The crime took place Jan. 3, when a woman was upstairs and noticed two individuals had broken into her home at the 26100 block of Quartz Meza Lane.

The victim shouted downstairs for the persons to identify themselves.

Once the victim shouted, two suspects ran out of the kitchen and exited the victim’s residence carrying her purse. The victim ran downstairs and confronted the two suspects in the front yard of her residence and ripped her purse away from one of the suspects.

The victim was holding her cellphone in her hand as she planned to take a photo of the suspect’s vehicle license plate. The victim saw one of the suspects cover his license plate with an unknown item. The victim was able to take a photo with her cellphone of one of the suspects.

Detectives with the Sheriff's Station credited the photo and an anonymous tip as what led detectives to Kapshanyan's whereabouts.