Lancaster Burglary Suppression awarded for crime fighting efforts

Lancaster Station's Burglary Suppression Team members were recognized at the 13th annual awards banquet hosted by the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs (ALADS). (Courtesy LASD)

Lancaster Station’s Burglary Suppression Team members were recognized  recently at the 13th annual awards banquet hosted by the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs (ALADS). (Courtesy LASD)

LANCASTER – Lancaster Station’s Burglary Suppression Team members – deputies Daniel Mahoney, Michael Fredericks, James Speed, Erik Riddle, Jerimiah McNutt, Mark Madrid, Daniel Gore, Julia Vezina, Maurice Austin, Sylvester Hardison and Team Leader, Sergeant Mark Machanic – all received Exemplary Performance awards for their crime fight efforts.

The team was recognized at the 13th annual awards banquet hosted by the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs (ALADS) on June 8.

Deputy Sylvester Hardison shakes hands with Sheriff Lee Baca.

Deputy Sylvester Hardison shakes hands with Sheriff Lee Baca.

The event, which was held at the Pacific Palms Resort in the City of Industry, honors deputies for acts of bravery as well as exemplary performance.

During 2011 and 2012, Lancaster’s Burglary Suppression Team, led by Sergeant Mark Machanic, made a concerted effort to reduce the overall burglary rate throughout the entire station policing area.

The team established new protocol for burglary investigations, and overall burglaries were reduced by 38% during that time frame.

The following is a general synopsis of the burglary team’s efforts in the years 2011 and 2012:

  • The team participated in approximately 40 target specific operations in the Antelope Valley, with the majority of these operations taking place within Lancaster Station’s patrol area.
  • The team served 200 search warrants and conducted 213 parole/probation compliance checks.
  • The team recovered 85 firearms and 14 stolen vehicles.
  • The team recovered more than $700,000 in stolen property, seized nearly $200,000 in suspected stolen property, and arrested more than 1,000 suspects.
  • 95% of the burglary cases handled by the team resulted in a conviction of the suspect.

(Information via press release from the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.)

  10 comments for “Lancaster Burglary Suppression awarded for crime fighting efforts

  1. NorthCounty
    June 23, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    Oh that evil Sheriff’s Department up here. They just can’t please anyone these days; if they arrest someone, it’s only because they’re dirty cops and set someone up. If they show up late to a call, they’re lazy and not doing their jobs.

    Maybe the root of the problem isn’t these alleged ‘dirty’ cops. Perhaps it’s an influx of parolees and criminals who know that they can pretty much do whatever the hell they want in the Antelope Valley. The same people that complain and demand justice for the career criminal parolee are the same people who turn around and complain when said parolee robs them. You can’t have it both ways. Kind of funny our crime rate was at an all time low a year ago when law enforcement was allowed to be proactive without allegations of profiling, abuse, racism, etc etc etc. Now we are right back in the slums. Thank all of the community groups that rallied for ‘justice’ and equality when it came to career criminals and parolees. They got their wish. Now that crime is rampant again we don’t hear too much from the criminal support groups and community mouth pieces. I couldn’t imagine why…

  2. Torie Labarba
    June 23, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    They really don’t deserve anything but to get fired!!!!!!

  3. Jon Thomason
    June 23, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    I really don’t believe that they should be awarded. They really don’t do enough to help the community. All of these cops are liars and just as guilty as the people they claim are guilty. They come to your home and try to mess up peoples lives. Then they lie to you in order to get what they want. Jeremiah McNutt is the worst cop I have ever cane in contact with. After filing a police report for a stolen computer he then decided to investigate me and my family and try to say it was probably stolen from a family member. Lancaster needs to get some better cops! These people are a sad disgrace for cops. There truly not here to protect and serve~

  4. Thomas Cruise
    June 23, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    These cops are seriously getting an award for what? They don’t do their job correctly and they steal merchandise from peoples homes because to them they “suspect” its stolen and they even steal the recipts to it to make it look like you didn’t pay for it. They all should loose their badges cops arent here to make peoples life horrible but these people do. All they do is try to get as many people in jail as possible. McNutt is horrible he lies to people just to get what he wants this whole team is a fraud as well as a waste of tax dollars!! They need to learn how to do their jobs instead of incriminate innocent people!

  5. derek ramos
    June 23, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    They dont deserve a single award. They arrest people that shouldnt even be arrestead then force the people to plead guilty to a charge they didn’t even do. Jeremiah McNutt is a sorry pathetic excuse for a cop. He is very rude and doesn’t care if you have stuff stolen from you. This whole team is full of crap the av needs some sheriffs who actually do their job and dont believe their above the law such as these idiots!

  6. michelle gomez
    June 23, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    This team should never have been awarded. They take things people pay for because to their standard you shouldnt have it. This team sucks especially McNutt!!!! Horrible team and very pathetic!!!

  7. Erika
    June 22, 2013 at 3:26 am

    I think that they dont do enough, You guys are over here busting people for “pot” when there is more serious crimes going on in the a.v like house getting broken into and herion being sold right in front of you guys!!!! You guys dont do your job it takes you 4HOURS to get to a crime. 6 cop car come and only 1 cop car is doing his job while the other 5 are sitting there eating and drinking coffie, Then you guys complain that there are other calls that need to be taken care of but you guys just have cops sitting there doing nothing. I made a call because some broke into my house and they said that they would send a police officer out there but it would be 2 hours later…. an hour after i called they same person that broke into my home stole my neighbors car!!!! I told the police they needed to get there but yet they still took there time.. and now there getting awarded for it? They arent even TRYING!!!

  8. El sancho
    June 15, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    Great job here.. I’m glad to hear some positive news specially when it has to do with reducing burglaries. Keep up the good work!

  9. qhr
    June 13, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    Congrats and thanks for all you do, deputies! Please keep up the good work and drive all the ghetto out of this area.

  10. James Stouvenel
    June 13, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Congrats to the Lancaster deputies, who serve and protect us from dangerous criminals, these deputies deserve this type of honor, not to often we hear of deputies putting a dent in crime, again congrats!

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