UPDATE: Deputies Release First April Crime Reports For Santa Clarita Valley
The crime reports are in for March 31 through April 6 for communities across the Santa Clarita Valley.
UPDATED FRIDAY, APRIL 11, 1:30 P.M.
UPDATES WITH CRIME REPORTS FOR CANYON COUNTRY EAST, CASTAIC, GORMAN, NEWHALL AND VALENCIA, AND LAST WEEK'S CRIME HIGHLIGHTS.
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There were also several important arrests and court cases last week.
Sean Nagle, 45, of Valencia, was booked on assault with a deadly weapon and an attempted robbery charge Saturday, after employees said he tried to steal the keys to their business by force on the 25300 block of Magic Mountain Parkway, near Tourney Road.
Deputies responded to a domestic violence call Monday night. They found what appeared to be a grenade but turned out to be a nonworking ordnance. The suspect hit his pregnant girlfriend and fled the scene. He has not been found.
Two arrests were made in Stevenson Ranch on Tuesday. John Phillip Chappell, 36, was arrested for methamphetamine possession and failing to properly register as a sex offender. Deborah Ann Kulick, 44 was charged with felony possession of ammunition.
Six to eight women robbed the Sunglass Hut at Valencia Town Center on March 29, stealing about $20,000 worth of merchandise. Ventura County deputies arrested six women on Wednesday for the robbery of a Tory Burch store in Camarillo. It has not yet been determined if the crimes are related.
The man who deputies found dead in his car in Canyon Country on Wednesday, was identified by the county Coroner’s Office as 54-year-old Cloud Volkert, of Northridge.
Santa Clarita residents took an opportunity to meet with Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Capt. Roosevelt Johnson and Deputy Jonathan Wilson on Wednesday for Coffee with the Captain.
The murder trial for three teen suspects accused of fatally shooting a man during an alleged Halloween robbery in 2011 could see jury selection in June. Diamonte Jerome McGhee, 20, Branden Trevaughn Higgs, 19, and Eric Michael Edwards, 19 are accused of killing Alex Sanchez and wounding Ricardo Sandoval.
Three other local murder and attempted murder court dates had developments this week.
Laura Purviance, 25, of Woodland Hills, who stands accused of fatally shooting her mother, Caroline Purviance, pleaded not guilty Tuesday at her formal arraignment.
Michael Phillipson, 56, of Saugus, was charged with attempting to murder his 23-year-old son on March 20. If a meeting Wednesday doesn’t result in a plea deal for the case, a preliminary hearing is scheduled for Friday.
Scott Shipley, 56, of Acton, is scheduled to have his trial start between now and next week. Shipley has been held to answer to a first degree murder charge in the May 15 shooting death of 39-year-old Christopher Demyen.
The March 31 through April 6 crime reports have been released by Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies. KHTS AM-1220 publishes crime reports in alphabetical order by community as they are made available.
Canyon Country Crime - east
There was a garage burglary reported near the 18000 block of Annes Circle. In this incident the victim was unsure if her garage closed after she parked her car in the garage. When she came out to her garage the next morning she saw that several boxes in her garage had been ransacked. An Xbox 360 was stolen along with 30 Xbox games.
An assault with a deadly weapon was reported behind a liquor store near the 18000 block of Soledad Canyon Road. In this incident the victim used a racial slur towards the suspects. The suspects became angry and assaulted the victim. The victim sustained minor scratches and abrasions to his face and hands. The suspects in this case have not been located.
A shoplifting incident occurred at a business near the 16500 block of Soledad Canyon Road. In this incident the suspect entered the store, filled a shopping cart with soap and other hygiene products. She then attempted to exit the store without paying for the items. The items were valued at $727.00. The suspect was detained by loss prevention and booked at Santa Clarita Valley Station.
Canyon Country Crime - west
This past week in Zone 7, the following Part-1 Crimes occurred:
A residential burglary occurred near the 18700 block of Bainbury Street. The suspect made entry through an unlocked sliding door. The suspect stole the victims toaster, microwave and wireless router. This incident is currently under investigation by Santa Clarita Station detectives.
A commercial burglary occurred near the 26800 block of Sierra Highway. The deadbolt was pried off the front door. The suspect(s) made entry, however nothing was taken from within. This incident is currently under investigation by Santa Clarita Station detectives.
A commercial burglary occurred near the 18600 block of Via Princessa. The victim’s purse was stolen from a locker while working out. The suspect bought goods and services using the victims stolen credit cards that were inside her purse. This incident is currently under investigation by Santa Clarita Station detectives.
A petty theft occurred near the 18700 block of Via Princessa. Two suspects stole cooking oil from behind the location. This incident is currently under investigation by Santa Clarita Station detectives.
A grand theft occurred near the 26400 block of Sierra Highway. An employee of the location was arrested for stealing $40,000 from the locations safe. This incident is currently under investigation by Santa Clarita Station detectives.
Castaic/Val Verde Crime
There was one vehicle burglary reported on Lexington Drive in Val Verde. The owner reported his rear window smashed and his backpack containing a Gateway laptop was stolen. A truck driver reported a ladder was taken from his truck while parked at the Pilot Truck Stop.
There were two reported stolen vehicles in Castaic. A resident on Olympic Street had their car taken without their consent by their son. The son returned the vehicle later in the day and the owner called the station requesting Deputies. Responding deputies arrested the son. The second vehicle was taken from Ridge Top Lane. The owner said their adult son took the vehicle without her permission. The son was arrested and the vehicle was returned to the owner. The owner said her laptop was missing from the vehicle when the son returned.
Only one Part-1 crime was reported in the Gorman/Neenach area last week.
Two workbenches and five flat screen TVs were taken from the rear of a tractor trailer parked at the intersection of Peace Valley Road and Frazier Mountain Road in Lebec. The trailer’s lock was cut and the contents were removed.
A look back at the crimes reported in the Newhall area last week.
Two businesses had window smash break-ins, one in the 23500 block of Lyons Avenue early Wednesday morning, and another in the 24400 block of Walnut Avenue sometime between Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5. The target in both break-ins was the cash registers.
A tip for businesses: Don’t leave cash in your registers overnight. If your cash register is visible from outside your business, leave the drawer open with the tray on top, so it is visibly empty. A closed register might just be the temptation a “would be thief” is looking for.
A vehicle burglary occurred in the 23600 block of Meadowridge Drive sometime between Sunday, March 30 and Tuesday, April 1.
Three trucks were reported stolen last week, a white 2008 Chevy from the 24800 block of Meadview Avenue, a red 1994 Ford from the 24900 block of Walnut Street and a white 2004 Ford F450 commercial truck from the 23600 block of Meadowridge Drive.
An apartment was broke into in the 24500 block of Golden Oak Lane sometime overnight between Sunday, March 30 and Monday, March 31. The location had sat vacant for several years and had possibly been previously frequented by juveniles in the area.
Last week, the following Part 1 Crimes occurred in Zone 4:
An aggravated assault occurred near the 26300 block of Bouquet Canyon Road. A male suspect produced a knife while involved in an altercation with the victim. The case is currently under investigation by Santa Clarita Station detectives.
A vehicle burglary occurred near the 27500 block of Artine Drive. An unknown suspect entered the victim’s locked vehicle and took a purse, a laptop and additional personal items.
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A vehicle burglary occurred near the 27700 block of Ron Ridge Drive. An unknown suspect entered the victim’s locked vehicle and took several bags of baby clothing.
A theft from an unlocked vehicle occurred near the 22300 block of Pamplico Drive. An unknown suspect took a camera and additional miscellaneous items.
A theft from an unlocked vehicle occurred near the 22000 block of Nancy Place. An unknown suspect entered the victim’s vehicle and took several pieces of clothing.
A petty theft occurred near the 27600 block of Susan Beth Way. An unknown suspect took a UPS package containing a rifle scope from the victim’s front porch.
Stevenson Ranch/Westridge Crime
Last week, the following Part 1 crimes occurred in Zone 3 Stevenson Ranch:
A vehicle burglary occurred near the 24800 block of Pico Canyon Road. An unknown suspect shattered the rear right passenger window of the victim’s vehicle and took a cellphone and laptop computer.
A petty theft occurred near the 25700 block of The Old Road. An unknown suspect took several gallons of used cooking oil from the rear of a local business.
As a reminder, please make an effort to lock vehicles, whether you are out running errands or parking in your driveway. Remember to secure all valuables in your trunk prior to leaving your residence, or leave them at home altogether. Most vehicle burglaries are crimes of opportunity and can be avoided by locking your doors and not leaving valuables in plain view.
The following criminal incidents were reported during the past week: vehicle burglaries, theft from unlocked vehicles, grand theft and numerous shoplifting from various businesses.
There were two vehicle burglaries that occurred in the 26900 block of Theater Drive and the 24800 block of Riverchase Drive between the hours of 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Victims reported the rear passenger windows had been shattered with an unknown object. The victims’ vehicles were parked in a parking structure and on a street in front of a residence. Items stolen from one car were a purse containing a wallet, credit cards, money, miscellaneous tools and welding hood. Items were left in the backseat area visible from outside the vehicles. Items stolen from the other car were a wallet containing the victim’s driver’s license, credit cards and money. No suspects or witnesses were located regarding this incident.
Two thefts from unlocked vehicles occurred in the 23800 block of Laurelwood Land and 23800 Bayview Court between the hours of 9 p.m. and 8 a.m. Vehicles were either parked in the driveway or on the street in front of their residence. Both victims left the vehicles unlocked and items were left in the center console area or back seat of the vehicles. Items stolen were a wallet, printer and iPad.
A grand theft occurred at the 28500 block of Westinghouse Place between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 a.m. The victim parked his vehicle in the parking lot overnight. When he awoke, the tires and rims had been stolen of his 2013 BMW. The investigation is currently ongoing.
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