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Santa Clarita Valley Deputies Release Crime Reports For 02/03-02/09

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Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station deputies have released crime reports for Feb. 3 through Feb. 9.

Several serious crimes this week included animal cruelty, sexual abuse and felony vandalism, committed either in the Santa Clarita Valley or by local residents. Here are some of the crimes that SCV Sheriff’s Station deputies addressed.


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Deputies arrested 20-year-old Jonathan Szabo, of Canyon Country, on Sunday. He is charged with felony vandalism in connection with a string of vehicle burglaries and tire slashings in Canyon Country.

An animal abuse investigation let to the arrest of Desiree Martinez, 43, in Neenach on Monday. A dog suffered severe wounds to the eyes and face and was removed by Animal Care and Control.

A local woman was involved in a felony traffic stop on Tuesday, when deputies determined that the car she thought she had purchased legally online, was actually stolen. She is believed to be a victim in the incident.

Brandon Milburn, 26, of Valencia, was arrested in the St. Louis, Mo. area on Thursday and charged with statutory sodomy. He is a former employee of a local church.

William Greggory Babb, 54, a registered sex offender and former Santa Clarita resident was released in January and is now living in Lancaster. KHTS has published a map of addresses for all local sex offenders.

The case against Colt Doherty and Thomas Vensko, for the street racing death of Dakota Demott, was continued until May for a pretrial hearing.

Last week’s crime reports are listed in alphabetical order by community.

Canyon Country Crime - east

Last week, the following Part 1 crimes occurred in Canyon Country east: (1) Vehicle Burglary, (2) Shoplift Burglary (2) Grand Theft Auto.

A vehicle burglary was reported near the 14000 block of Soledad Canyon Road. In this incident the suspect(s) entered the victims locked van and stole several thousand dollars’ worth of tools. The suspect also attempted to steal the van by tampering with the vehicles ignition system.

There were two shoplifting incidents reported. The first incident occurred at Vons on Soledad Canyon Road. In this incident the suspects entered the store concealed alcohol and tried to leave without paying for the concealed items. Both suspects were arrested for the theft. Another incident was reported at the Kohls on Golden Valley Road. The suspect in this incident entered the store concealed “Levis” pants and a watch under his shirt and walked out of the store without paying for the items. The loss prevention officer at Kohls attempted to detain the suspect but the suspect ran and got into an awaiting car and fled the location.

Two grand theft autos were reported in Zone 8. The first theft occurred on Sandy Drive/Jakes Way. The suspects stole a 1999 Chevrolet Truck. This vehicle was later recovered in Mission area of LAPD. The second vehicle that was stolen occurred near the 27000 block of Silver Oak Lane. The suspect stole the victims 2006 Toyota Tacoma. This vehicle still hasn’t been recovered.    

Canyon Country Crime - west

This past week in Zone 7, the following Part-1 Crimes occurred: (2) Residential Burglaries, (5) Commercial Burglaries, (1) Petty Theft, (2) Shopliftings, (1) Grand Theft, (1) Grand Theft Auto

A residential burglary occurred near the 18500 block of Oakmoor Street. Suspect smashed the sliding glass window and stole an electronic tablet, and $3,400 in cash.

A commercial burglary occurred near the 18700 block of Via Princessa. Suspect cut the power cable to the alarm system, made entry into the location, and stole $20 in cash from a register. This incident is currently being investigated by Santa Clarita Station detectives.    

A commercial burglary occurred near the 27300 block of Sierra Highway. Suspect made entry through an unlocked door. While inside the suspect forced open a locked door and stole $100 in cash from a closet. This incident is currently being investigated by Santa Clarita Station detectives.  

A suspect was arrested near the 26700 block of Isabella Parkway. Deputy personnel observed a motorcycle driving in the area. Deputies conducted a check of the license plate, which returned stolen. The suspect was arrested at the scene. This incident is being investigated by Santa Clarita Station detectives.

A petty theft occurred at Golden Valley High School. Suspect stole $750 in cash from a locked refrigerator. There was no evidence of forced entry into the location. This incident is currently being investigated by Santa Clarita Station detectives.

Castaic/Val Verde Crime

There was one Part 1 Crimes in Zone 2. A grand theft was reported off of Villa Canyon Road in Castaic. A gun case containing a Mossberg 20 gauge shotgun and a Springfield 45 semi auto pistol was taken from an unlocked garage. The victim, who was home during the incident, heard and saw nothing. There were no signs of forced entry.    

Gorman/Neenach Crime

During the above dates, Zone 1, had (1) reported part one crime.

A residential burglary occurred at a residence on Gorman School Road in Gorman, where nothing was taken from the location. Fingerprints were taken and the investigation is ongoing.

Please continue to be diligent and report all crimes as well as reporting anything suspicious in your area.

Newhall Crime

A look back at the crimes reported in the Newhall area last week.

On Tuesday, Feb. 4 between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., a restaurant in the 23100 block of Lyons Avenue was burglarized. A computer and cash were stolen.

Between Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 9 p.m. and Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 4:30 p.m., a 1999 Honda Civic was stolen from the parking area in the 23700 block of Via Canon.

On Wednesday, Feb. 5 at approximately 7 a.m., a 1993 Honda Accord was stolen from the parking lot in the area of Costa Brava and Via Canon.

Between Saturday, Feb. 8 at 9 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 9 at 10 a.m., a 1992 Chevy Silverado pickup was stolen from the alley off Arch Street and 3rd Street.

If a professional car thief wants a vehicle, there is little someone can do to prevent it. But there are some extra crime prevention measures you can take to help prevent your vehicle from being stolen or tampered with. Some of the things are as simple as always closing and locking your doors and windows. Use steering wheel or pedal locking devices. Have a professional install an ignition immobilizer. Car alarms are helpful, but are often ignored nowadays. Park strategically.  Use secure parking areas, use your garage and park in well-lit areas where your vehicle is visible.  

On Sunday, Feb. 9 at approximately 7:45 p.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 23400 block of Newhall Avenue. Taken was a lady’s purse containing make-up.

Saugus Crime

This week we had 5 Part-1 crimes reported in the Saugus area. The first was a residential burglary/vehicle burglary in the 29100 block of Talavera Lane on Feb. 8. The victim had multiple items stolen from her vehicle overnight. She also recalled hearing someone in the house but thought it was her roommate. After investigating the incident it was learned that the roommate had been sleeping and was not walking through the house. It was determined that nothing was taken from the house. Later in the shift deputies apprehended the suspect.

There was an assault with a deadly weapon in the 24000 block of Via Valencia on Feb. 8. The victim was attacked by his son with a blunt object. Before deputies arrived the suspect had fled the area. After an extensive search deputies located the suspect who was arrested without incident. The suspect in this case was also responsible for the above burglaries.

There was a vehicle burglary in the 21700 block of Whey Drive on Feb. 6. The victim discovered that someone had pried the back window off her truck and stole her purse.

We had a petty theft in the 29100 block of Starwood Place on Feb. 3rd. The victim discovered his bicycle was stolen from the front of his house overnight.

A theft occurred in the 28300 block of Rodgers Drive on Jan. 15th. The victim reported that someone stole a package which was delivered from UPS. The package was taken from the victim’s front porch. He did not realize the theft had occurred until recently. Please remember that when placing orders online to try to arrange the delivery when you are home. Some postal services have a choice that the item has to be signed for otherwise it will be stored at their warehouse for pickup.

There were multiple arrests made over the past week in the Saugus area. The arrests include narcotics, assault, burglary and DUI.

Stevenson Ranch/Westridge Crime

Last week, the following Part 1 crimes occurred in Zone 3 Stevenson Ranch: (1) Residential Burglary, (1) Vehicle Burglary/(1) Theft From Unlocked Vehicle, (3) Grand Thefts, (2) Shoplift and (4) Petty Thefts.

A residential burglary occurred near the 25200 block of Jasmine Lane. When the victim came home, he noticed his television was blocking the doorway and the residence was ransacked. Entry appeared to be made through a shattered kitchen window. At the time of the report, it was unknown if anything was taken.

A vehicle burglary occurred in a business parking lot located near the 27500 block of The Old Road. An unknown suspect punched the front passenger door lock and upon entering the vehicle, took luggage and an iPad.

Two grand thefts occurred from storage lots located near the intersection of Henry Mayo Drive and Commerce Center Drive. An unknown suspect cut the lock to the perimeter gate and broke into several storage containers. Several tools and a vehicle were taken.

A grand theft from a storage lot occurred near the intersection of The Old Road and Calgrove Boulevard. An unknown suspect cut the lock off a perimeter gate and took several tools.

A petty theft occurred near the 25800 block of Hammet Circle. An unknown suspect took a package left for the U.S. Postal Service off of the victim’s porch.

A petty theft/shoplift occurred near the 25500 block of The Old Road. A male suspect reached over a display counter and took a fishing rod. The suspect was detained by loss prevention personnel and subsequently arrested by responding Santa Clarita Station deputies.

Valencia Crime

Zone 5-Valencia had twelve Part-1 Crimes reported during the past week. The criminal incidents included an assault with a deadly weapon, vehicle burglaries and numerous petty thefts from various areas.

An assault with a deadly weapon occurred in a residential area of Valencia in the early morning hours. The victim, a 16-year-old male who was allegedly intoxicated, was attacked by two unknown suspects while walking home. A physical altercation occurred resulting in the victim being stabbed in the stomach. The victim went home and then later went to the hospital but did not report the incident. After being notified by the hospital staff, deputies contacted the victim while he was being treated for his injuries. No arrest has been made in this incident and the investigation is ongoing.

Three vehicle burglaries occurred between 7:30 p.m. and 8 a.m. during the week while vehicles were parked in residential and business areas. The victims reported that their passenger windows had been smashed by an unknown object. Items stolen were a lap top and purse located in the backseat, a Garmin GPS located from the center console area and cash located in the glove compartment of the vehicles. Many of the items stolen were visible from outside the vehicles.

If you see any suspicious activity, please call the Sheriff’s Station immediately at 661-255-1121. There were multiple arrests made this past week by proactive Santa Clarita deputies assigned to the Valencia area. Arrests included, drunk in public, possession of narcotics and shoplifting from local businesses.

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Santa Clarita Valley Deputies Release Crime Reports For 02/03-02/09


Article: Santa Clarita Valley Deputies Release Crime Reports For 02/03-02/09
Source: Santa Clarita News
Author: Allison Pari