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Sheriff’s Crime Report

A grand theft involving a catalytic converter was reported in the 200 block Baptiste Way on June 15 between 12:50 a.m. and 1 a.m. A witness heard the sound of a saw and opened his bedroom window and saw a white sedan parked in front of the residence. The witness believed that an unknown person was stealing the catalytic converter from his neighbor’s white Lexus RX. The witness then started shouting “hey” repeatedly at the suspect to get them to stop. Shortly after, the witness heard a car door close and saw the white sedan drive westbound on Baptiste Way and out of view. He did not see anyone open the passenger side door of the car, making him believe the suspect was the driver of the vehicle.

The deputy checked underneath the victim’s Lexus RX and saw the catalytic converter was still attached to the vehicle. He then spoke to the victim, who stated that he heard someone shouting and went to his bedroom window and saw what appeared to be a SUV parked in front of his driveway. He believed it was a friend of one of his neighbors and went back to bed. The deputy had the victim turn on his car and he heard a rumbling sound emitting from it. Upon further inspection of the car, the deputy observed the pipe of the catalytic converter was completely cut from the front and partially curt from the rear. The cuts both had what appeared to be red paint transfer on the pipe in the grove of the cuts. The victim checked his video surveillance cameras, but it did not capture the incident.

A burglary was reported in the 700 block of Galaxy Heights Drive between June 14 at 5 a.m. and June 15 at 5 a.m. The station received a burglary call and conducted a protective sweep of the location for any suspects, and none were located. The deputy observed the rear glass door was shattered, multiple drawers were open and the house was ransacked. The deputy then contacted the homeowner via phone call, but due to a heavy language barrier, he spoke to his daughter.

The victim and his wife left the residence on June 14 and the next day they were notified by their neighbor that their rear glass door was shattered. The victim and his wife were out of state visiting the daughter and would not be returning until June 16 and the victim was not able to identify which items had been stolen. The deputy then contacted the neighbor, who stated that he looked at the victim’s rear door through his backyard on June 15 and noticed that it was shattered.

Before leaving the residence, the daughter asked if the deputy could leave the lights on in the house but noticed that there was no electrical power when he flipped the light switches on. Outside, the deputy noticed that the breakers in the electrical box were turned off. He turned on all the breakers and the lights to the house immediately turned on.

Editor’s note: Details included in the Sheriff’s crime report are taken directly from the deputies’ reports on file at the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s station. The Outlook Valley Sun is not responsible for the incompleteness or inaccuracies in the original reports.

First published in the June 20 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.


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