32-year-old sus­pected of van­dal­iz­ing foun­tain

The Signal - - News - By Jim Holt Sig­nal Se­nior Staff Writer [email protected]­nalscv.com 661-287-5527

Within 24 hours of hav­ing asked the pub­lic to iden­tify a man whose im­age was cap­tured by sur­veil­lance cam­era at the scene of a van­dal­ized foun­tain in Steven­son Ranch, sher­iff’s deputies say they were able to ar­rest a sus­pect for the crime.

The sus­pect is a 32-year-old man, said Shirley Miller, spokes­woman for the Santa Clarita Val­ley Sher­iff’s Sta­tion.

On Tues­day, lo­cal sher­iff’s de­tec­tives made pub­lic sur­veil­lance cam­era im­ages of a per­son and a car seen near the Steven­son Ranch foun­tain af­ter it was al­legedly van­dal­ized with what they be­lieve was dish­washer de­ter­gent soap.

The in­ci­dent al­legedly hap­pened on New Year’s Eve, around 10 p.m., Miller said Tues­day.

Dump­ing de­ter­gent into the rush­ing wa­ter cre­ates an abun­dance of soap bub­bles.

“It’s one of those pranks you keep see­ing, but they (foun­tains) are ex­pen­sive to fix,” she said, not­ing the dam­age would re­quire about $2,000 to fix.

Sur­veil­lance cam­eras posted in the area cap­tured what de­tec­tives are call­ing “a per­son of in­ter­est” whom they wanted to in­ter­view.

“The in­di­vid­ual pic­tured be­low was cap­tured by sur­veil­lance cam­eras get­ting out of the pic­tured ve­hi­cle, a light col­ored Jaguar sedan with a ‘Klass’ deal­er­ship plate,” Miller said Tues­day.

Cour­tesy photo

Sher­iff’s de­tec­tives re­leased sur­veil­lance cam­era footage of a car that was seen near a Steven­son Ranch foun­tain that was van­dal­ized.

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