Instagram Teen Charged with Vandalism and Theft

Posted on: 08/05/2017 00:00

On Monday, Santa Clarita Station Sheriff's Detectives were alerted to several “Instagram” postings depicting criminal conduct, four incidents of theft and vandalism. The case was immediately assigned to the station’s Juvenile Investigative Team, consisting of Detectives and School Resource Deputies. Based on the videos, several businesses were contacted in order to identify witnesses, stolen property and locating evidence, (surveillance videos from the victim establishments).

The Sheriff’s Station also received numerous tips from the community providing information on the multiple suspects, which included the male depicted in the videos and the videographers. The investigation immediately lead to the identification of the primary suspect in the videos.

On Tuesday evening, August 1, 2017, another incident of vandalism was posted on Instagram. By Wednesday, August 2, 2017, a juvenile detective was in contact with the parents of the primary subject.

On Thursday, August 3, 2017, the subject depicted in the videos was brought to the station by his parents and detained on theft and vandalism charges. The subject, a 14-year-old Santa Clarita Valley resident, has since been released on a citation to his parents. The case against the juvenile subject will be submitted to the Sylmar District Attorney’s Office.

Detectives are continuing their investigation and the detention of additional subjects in the near future is anticipated.

The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station will like to send a sincere “thank you" to the community members who contacted the sheriff’s station and provided information regarding the crimes depicted on Instagram.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Santa Clarita Sheriff's Station (661) 255-1121. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call "Crime Stoppers" by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org




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