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2 ARRESTS IN PARKING-LOT BREAK-INS.

Byline: Carol Rock Staff Writer

VALENCIA - A stakeout Thursday netted the arrests of two teenagers believed responsible for a series of burglaries from cars parked outside a Valencia health club, a sheriff's sergeant said.

Deputies from the Community Interaction Team, burglary detail and patrol were watching the parking lot at LA Fitness of Rye Canyon Road when they saw the two teens trying to break into a white Infiniti sport utility vehicle, sheriff's Sgt. Jim Anderson said.

``We had some bad guys that noticed women leaving their purses in the cars and trunks when they went in to work out, so they would wait for women to go inside,'' Anderson said. ``We caught two of the them today.''

The suspects got into a maroon Ford Ranger XLT truck and tried to get away, but hit an Infiniti sedan parked in the lot, Anderson said. They were taken into custody on the spot.

Thomas Nichols, 18, of Canyon Country and a 16-year-old boy were arrested on suspicion of attempting to break in to the SUV, and of another vehicle burglary from a late-model Ford Mustang. Deputies found a purse belonging to the Mustang owner in the cab of the suspects' truck, Anderson said.

Along with the victim's purse, deputies also found narcotics paraphernalia in the truck, Anderson said.

Surveying the shattered driver's side window of her Mustang, Amanda Ryan told deputies she wasn't worried about leaving her purse in the car because it didn't have any money in it.

``I feel horrible,'' she said, surveying the broken glass on the driver's seat. ``But I'm happy at the way it was handled. Obviously, you shouldn't leave your valuables in the car.''

Ryan, 20, of Saugus was consoled by friend Angela Carpenter of Valencia, who told her that other women in the club were comparing stories about recent break-ins.

``This lot has been hit more than once,'' Anderson said. ``But it happens all over. The lesson here is don't leave your purse or computers or items of value in plain sight in the car. And if you're going to put them in a trunk or under something, be discreet about it.''

Nichols and the juvenile will be charged with attempted burglary, burglary and possession of narcotics paraphernalia.

Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252

carol.rock(at)dailynews.com

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(color) Sheriff's deputies recover stolen items Thursday from a truck near LA Fitness in Valencia.

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