UPDATE: Burglary suspect caught leaving ransacked home


A Las Vegas woman was arrested on suspicion of burglary earlier this week after a Newhall resident on Friendly Valley Parkway returned home, finding his house ransacked and the suspect in his yard.

Crystal Hoag, 32, was arrested early Sunday evening by deputies of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

“The homeowner came home and found that he had been burglarized,” Lt. Brenda Cambra, who oversees the station’s Detective Section, told The Signal Thursday.

“While looking around the house, he saw the suspect leave his yard, get in a car and drive away,” she said.

“He provided the information to the responding deputies and the suspect was located nearby.  She was arrested and charged with burglary and possession of identity theft items.”

Hoag is being held at the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood, with bail set at $50,000.

She appeared in San Fernando Superior Court Thursday afternoon and entered a plea of not guilty, Ricardo Santiago, spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said.

Hoag was arraigned on one felony count of first-degree residential burglary and misdemeanor possession of opium pipe, he said.

She was ordered to appear back in court Nov. 3.

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