Photo courtesy Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
Photo courtesy Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Photo courtesy Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Sheriff’s deputies and homeless-services agencies cleared a homeless encampment in the Santa Clara River bed today in Santa Clarita, leading to one arrest and the seizure of stolen property and weapons.

Deputy Joshua Dubin of the sheriff’s Santa Clarita Valley station said multiple efforts had been made to people living at the encampment, telling them the setup was illegal and telling them they would face arrest if they did not leave the area and take advantage of alternate housing or services available through various agencies.

Most of the transients at the encampment, however, refused to leave or seek help, Dubin said.

On Friday, the city posted a 72-hour notice of evacuation at the camp locations, and paid a construction crew $10,000 to clear out the camps, as well as some of the brush used to support the illegal dwellings there.

A task force moved through the area this morning, including officials from the county Department of Mental Health, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, Volunteers of America, Bridge to Home, veterans agencies and Santa Clarita city employees.

During the sweep, personnel found trash, debris, human waste, personal property and drug paraphernalia, and they discovered stolen property and weapons, Dubin said.

One man was arrested on an outstanding felony “no bail” warrant.

Personal property seized during the raid will be stored for 90 days.

Dubin said additional raids are being planned to ensure people do not try to live in the riverbed.

City News Service

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