The following crimes were reported last week in West Ranch (Zone 3) as compiled by Deputy Kevin Duxbury of the SCV Sheriff Station:


Burglary:  25600 The Old Road
Five male adults exited the store with two pairs of shoes and various items they did not pay for.  The suspects then left the location in a silver sedan and a black sedan in an unknown direction.  An estimated amount lost was $970.00.
Burglary, Theft by Access Card:  24300 The Old Road
Person(s) unknown smashed the driver’s side window of the victim’s vehicle and stole her purse containing her wallet, driver’s license, debit/credit cards, and $30.00 in U.S. currency.  Person(s) unknown then attempted to purchase food at a store for the amount of $811.00, but the charge was declined.  Person(s) unknown then attempted to make a purchase at a food store for #382.00, but was again declined.  Person(s) unknown then successfully made a purchase at a food store for the amount of $305.00.  All attempts were made at stores in Sylmar.  Total loss including damages was $660.00.
Burglary (Vehicle):  26700 Brooks Circle
Person(s) unknown entered the victim’s unlocked vehicle and stole a ‘YSG’ leather bag which she had left in the back seat of her vehicle.  Total loss was $2,160.00.
Burglary:  24100 The Old Road
Person(s) unknown cut the lock off the perimeter fence, then cut the lock off the conex box and stole a pallet jack, concrete saw, laser measuring tool, and a lumber saw.  Total loss was $5,100.00.


Tip of the week: Avoiding Vehicle Burglaries
Most criminals who are looking to steal items from a vehicle are looking for the easy targets.  Most commonly known as a ‘smash and grab’, the burglars are looking for high value items that are in plain sight which can be easily and quickly taken after finding an unlocked door or smashing a window.  Imagine the costs and inconvenience of not only having to replace a smashed window, but also having to replace your driver’s license, credit/debit cards, laptop, cell phone, etc.  Here are some great tips to help prevent being a victim of a vehicle burglary.

  1. ALWAYS lock your vehicle when left unattended.
  2. Never leave your wallet or purse in your vehicle and in plain view when leaving your vehicle unattended.
  3. If you use a portable GPS, remove it from the dash or windshield and place it in your glovebox or trunk when leaving your vehicle unattended.
  4. Never leave any high value items (laptops, cell phones, jewelry, tools) inside your vehicle in plain view while unattended.  If you cannot carry those items with you, secure them in the trunk.
  5. Use a sunscreen in your windshield, even at night or when parked in a parking structure.  This makes it much harder for a burglar to look into your vehicle.
  6. Remember:  Vehicle burglars usually will not break into a vehicle with the intention of ‘searching’ it in hopes of finding something of value.  This takes too long and the burglar risks being seen.  If there is no easy opportunity that is readily available for a ‘smash and grab’ thief, they will more than likely pass your vehicle and look for a better target.