UPDATE: Suspected hot prowl burglar nabbed in Tesoro Del Valle

SCV Sheriff's place a burglary suspect in custody at The Vistas of West Hills in Valencia Thursday morning. Lorena Mejia/The Signal

A “hot prowl” burglary suspect was taken into custody by local sheriff’s deputies Thursday morning after a containment area was set up in the Tesoro Del Valle neighborhood.

Deputies with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station responded to reports of the alleged hot prowl burglary, meaning someone was possibly home at the time of the burglary.

Suspect taken into custody. Courtesy photo, SCV Sheriff’s Station.

About 11:20 a.m., a shirtless man, whose identity was not disclosed, was handcuffed by deputies in the Vistas of West Hills apartment complex, near Copper Hill Drive and Tesoro Del Valle Drive.

“We responded to reports of a burglary in progress, on the 29000 block of Old Adobe Lane,” said Shirley Miller, spokeswoman for the SCV Sheriff’s Station.

“An adult male was seen climbing through the window of a residence with the possibility there was someone at home,” she said.

The suspect was then seen climbing over a back wall running from the residence, she said.

Old Adobe Lane is on the east side of Tesoro Del Valle Drive.

Volunteer cares for suspect’s Yorkie until officials with the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control arrive. Photo courtesy, SCV Sheriff’s Station.

Deputies tracked the suspect across Tesoro Del Valle and into The Vistas of West Hills community on the west side of Tesoro Del Valle.

It has yet been confirmed that someone was in the house when it was entered illegally, Miller said.

The man was taken by deputies to the SCV Sheriff’s Station on Magic Mountain Parkway.

Arresting deputies described the suspect as a 34-year-old man from Northern California.

The man was arrested on suspicion of burglary and possessing metal knuckles, both felonies.

When he was taken to the SCV Sheriff’s Station for booking, he brought his small Yorkshire terrier with him, said Shirley Miller, spokeswoman for the SCV Sheriff’s Station

Both the dog was turned over to officers of the Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control for safekeeping, Miller said.

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