SANTA CLARITA (CBSLA.com) — Deputies would like to question a man who allegedly used a stolen credit card in connection with a “hot prowl” burglary in Santa Clarita.
The credit card was stolen Aug. 14 from a home in the 21600 block of Parvin Drive in Santa Clarita, along with a laptop, cell phone, iPad, a purse and other items. Deputies believe a suspect entered the home through a locked screen door and exited through the side garage door while the residents were sleeping.
A “hot prowl” burglary – when a suspect enters a building or residence while occupants are inside – is considered especially dangerous because of the potential of a violent altercation, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Joshua Dubin.
The credit card was used at an area Wal-Mart shortly after the burglary, authorities said.
The next night, Aug. 15, another burglary was reported on the same street, but it was not a “hot prowl” like the previously reported crime. Detectives do not believe the two burglaries are related, Dubin said.
Santa Clarita Valley’s Sheriff’s detectives released an image of a man who allegedly used the stolen credit card as he exited Wal-Mart. He is described a Hispanic or white man, between 18 to 28 years old.
Anyone with information about the man’s identity can contact Los Angeles sheriff’s Detective Marino at (661) 255-1121.