Another vandalism suspect was arrested in Newhall on Tuesday, December 15th. According to reports, deputies working out of the Santa Clarita Sheriff Station began receiving reports at around 12:40 pm from the Bonanza Liquor Store on the corner of Main and Market. The witness described the suspect as using a magazine rack to destroy the windows. When deputies arrived, they located the suspect near Market and Railroad, and took him into custody.
Vandalism is a common crime that is encountered in the SCV. It falls under California Penal Code 594 PC and is described as damaging, defacing, or destroying another person’s property. When the damage is valued at less than $400, the crime is generally charged as a misdemeanor. When the damage is valued at $400 or greater, it can be charged as a felony. It is likely that the suspect in this case will be charged with felony vandalism, as it costs quite a bit to replace large storefront windows – much more than $400.
When charged with misdemeanor vandalism, the potential penalties include up to 1 year in jail, a fine of up to $1,000, and/or 1 year of unsupervised probation. When charged as a felony, the potential penalties are increased to include a fine of up to $50,000 and the same jail and probation penalties as misdemeanor vandalism.
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