Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

On 10-24-2012, narcotic detectives with the Ventura County Sheriff's Office concluded an investigation reference a possible illegal marijuana operation in the 20 block of West Sidlee Street in the city of Thousand Oaks. Detectives received the information from the Thousand Oaks Police Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving Unit, "COPPS," of the possible illegal operation. After some investigation, narcotic detectives obtained a search warrant for the residence.

During the service of the search warrant, detectives contacted Jeffrey Ruthenbeck, a resident. Inside the house, detectives located over 30 lbs. of dried marijuana, small quantity of methamphetamine, heroin, and dried Psilocybin mushrooms. Some of the dried marijuana found inside the residence was packaged for sales. Detectives also located several large marijuana plants that were being cultivated in the backyard.

While detectives where inside the residence conducting the search, a male subject identified as David Staggs arrived at the front door. After speaking with the subject, detectives determined Staggs had provided a false name and was in possession of just under one ounce of methamphetamine and possessed it for sales.

Ruthenbeck was arrested for cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, and possession for sale of a controlled substance. Staggs was arrested for giving false information to a peace officer and possession for sales of a controlled substance. Both were booked into the county jail and are pending arraignment scheduled for 10/26/2012, at 1:30PM, or the posting of bail.

Nature of Incident: Illegal Marijuana Grow/ Narcotics Arrests
Report Number: 12-23906
Location: 20 Block of W. Sidlee Street, Thousand Oaks
Date & Time: 10/24/2012, 1900 hours
Unit Responsible: Narcotics Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
Ruthenbeck, Jeffrey, Thousand Oaks, Ca., 43
Staggs, David, Anaheim, Ca., 36
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Sgt. Jose Rivera
Media Release Date: 10/25/2012
Follow-Up Contact: Sgt. Jose Rivera, (805) 383-8700
Approved by: Captain Mike Hartmann

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

 


 

SACRAMENTO, CA - Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced the arrest of two individuals each charged with 14 counts of forgery or counterfeiting of government identification cards and conspiracy. The two individuals operated in a counterfeit identification ring that sold federal immigration documents (green cards), California identification cards and driver’s licenses, social security cards and passports.

Laurel Velasquez, 30, and Pedro Izehuatl, 45, of Sacramento were arrested on Wednesday after a four-month investigation by the California Department of Justice eCrime Unit and Special Crimes Unit. During the undercover operation, Velasquez and Izehuatl sold California Department of Justice Special Agents counterfeit driver’s licenses, green cards and a social security card.

In July 2012, the California Department of Justice received information about a potential counterfeit identification document ring and initiated an investigation which resulted in the identification of Laurel Velasquez as a seller of counterfeit items. Special agents subsequently conducted undercover operations from July to October 2012, during which they purchased dozens of counterfeit federal green cards, California driver’s licenses and a social security card from Velasquez for $100 each. The counterfeit green cards purchased were for individuals purported to be from Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Egypt, Russia and China.

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Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

An armored van was stolen Friday morning during a brazen mid-morning theft in front of a Thousand Oaks office building. Two employees of La Federal Armored Services, Incorporated parked the armored vehicle in front of the offices of the Conejo Valley Unified School District on Janss Road.
The men locked the vehicle and entered the offices for a money pick-up. When they emerged from the building, the vehicle was gone.

Deputies were on scene quickly and began searching the surrounding area for the stolen vehicle. The search included K-9’s and a sheriff’s helicopter as well as notifications to surrounding law enforcement agencies.

Deputies located the abandoned armored van on a residential street within ½ mile of Janss Road.

The investigation is continuing and investigators are attempting to determine who was responsible for the crime and how much money was missing from the van.

Anyone who was in the area of 1400 E. Janss Road, or the area of Whitecliff Road and Spalding Street at the time of this incident is asked to contact investigators at (805)494-8201.

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

Nature of Incident: Stolen Armored Van
Report Number: 12-24005
Location: 1400 block of East Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, California 91360
Date & Time: Oct. 26, 2012 @ 9:58 a.m.
Unit Responsible: Thousand Oaks Police Department Patrol, Thousand Oaks Investigations Bureau,
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Sgt. Eric Buschow
Media Release Date: Oct. 26, 2012
Follow-Up Contact: Sgt. Eric Buschow (805)947-8129
Approved by: Captain Stephen Wade

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

Ventura County sheriff’s deputies will take their oath to “serve” and protect to a new level. They will trade in their handcuffs and badges for menus and serving trays to assist servers at Wood Ranch BBQ and Grill in Moorpark on Thursday, November 01, 2012, from 5:00 P.M. to 9:30 P.M. Sheriff’s professional staff and volunteers will also be on hand to assist deputies in support of the event. The public is invited to enjoy a great meal and then “tip-a-cop.” Donations in the form of tips will benefit Ventura County Special Olympics. All tips are tax-deductible. There will be police vehicle displays, free giveaways for kids, McGruff the Crime Dog, and the Sheriff’s K-9’s.

Ventura County Special Olympics offers training and competitive opportunities in 10 different year-round sports to people with intellectual disabilities at over 20 different training sites throughout Ventura County. This program not only provides physical fitness from participating in athletic competitions, but also encourages social interaction and community involvement. Special Olympics athletes will be working with deputies as they serve customers at Tip-A-Cop.

Tip-A-Cop events are one of the main fundraisers for the Law Enforcement Torch Run. The Torch Run is part of a year-round, grassroots fundraising campaign by law enforcement agencies to benefit their local Special Olympics programs. The Torch Run makes its debut annually in the month of June when members of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office and Special Olympic Athletes carry the torch as it makes its way through Ventura County and continues to Long Beach for the start of the summer games.

Nature of Incident: Sheriff’s Deputies Serve Guests and Earn “Tips” For Special Olympics
Location: Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill - 540 New Los Angeles Ave., Moorpark
Date & Time: November 1, 2012 / 5:00 P.M. – 9:30 P.M.
Unit Responsible: Sheriff’s Administration
Deputy Preparing Media Release:
Media Release Date:
Follow-Up Contact:
Approved by: Senior Deputy Tim Lohman
October 26, 2012
Senior Deputy Tim Lohman (805) 947-8255
Captain Don Aguilar

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

A shooting occurred in the El Rio unincorporated area. An injured male victim was discovered by Sheriff's deputies at the intersection of Salem Ave. and Cortez St. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene. The investigation is continuing.

At about 9:47 p.m., the Sheriff's Communication Center received 9-1-1 calls of a male subject down in the street. Deputies and Fire/Ambulance arrived at the scene shortly after. The victim was treated at the scene for an apparent gunshot wound. The cause of the death has not been determined. An autopsy is pending.

Sheriff's Homicide detectives are handling the investigation. The victim has not been identified at this time. Anyone with information about this crime can report it to Sheriff's Homicide at (805) 384-4730.

Nature of Incident: Homicide - El Rio Unincorporated Area
Report Number: 12-24083
Location: Salem Ave. @ Cortez St.
Date & Time: October 26, 2012 @ 9:47 P.M.
Unit Responsible: Sheriff's Major Crimes-Homicide
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (W)itnesses (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(V) Male Unknown 30-40
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Capt. Don Aguilar
Media Release Date: October 27, 2012
Follow-Up Contact: Captain Don Aguilar (805) 797-7349
Approved by: Captain Chris Dunn

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

The Camarillo Police Department will be hosting a program to educate newly licensed and future drivers.

The “Start Smart” Program is a cooperative effort between the California Highway Patrol, Camarillo Police Department, teenage drivers, and their parents.

In an attempt to remain proactive and not reactive, Start Smart is designed to help young drivers and their parents/guardians understand the responsibilities associated with driving a motor vehicle. Start Smart will show how a poor choice behind the wheel can change the lives of everyone involved. Our goal is to raise awareness and reduce the number of teen-related injuries and deaths due to collisions.

Interested parents are asked to call Sergeant Renee Ferguson at 805-388-5132 for more information and for reservations call the Camarillo Police Department Community Resource Unit at 805-388-5155 to make a reservation. Space is limited to 20 students and their parents. There is no charge to attend the program.

Nature of Incident: Start Smart Program
Location: Camarillo Police Station
3701 E. Las Posas Road
Camarillo, Ca. 93010
Date & Time: November 8th, at 5:30 until 8 pm.
Unit Responsible: Camarillo Traffic Bureau
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Deputy Robert Steele
Media Release Date: October 15th, 2012
Follow-Up Contact: Sergeant Renee Ferguson (805) 388-5132
Approved By: Captain Cory Rubright

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

On October 23, 2012, at approximately 7:15 am, Sheriff’s 911 Dispatch received a call from a 73 year-old-male resident. He reported that his son, Craig Haverlah had entered his residence in the 2700 block of Cabot Court and confronted him and refused to leave. During the altercation, Craig Haverlah proceeded to assault his father causing significant injuries. Deputies arrived and arrested Craig Haverlah without incident. Craig Haverlah was booked into the Ventura County Pre-Trial Detention Facility, Ventura for Attempted Murder and Elder Abuse. Bail was increased to $1,000,000. The victim was transported to Los Robles Hospital and is being treated for his injuries.

Nature of Incident: Attempted Murder of an and Elderly Person
Report Number: RB#12-23799
Location: 2700 block of Cabot Court, Thousand Oaks, California 91360
Date & Time: October 23, 2012 @ 7:15 AM
Unit Responsible: Thousand Oaks Police Department, Thousand Oaks Major Crimes, and Thousand Oaks Sexual Assault Units
(S)uspects City of Residence Age
(S) Craig Haverlah, Simi Valley, 47
(V) Victim, Thousand Oaks, 73
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Sgt. B. Payton
Media Release Date: October 23, 2012
Follow-Up Contact: Sgt. B. Payton
805.371.8392
Approved by: Captain Stephen Wade

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

On 10-18-12, Moorpark Patrol Deputies responded to a call of a rape in the area of Valley Road and Magnolia Street, Moorpark. Responding deputies quickly learned that the suspect, Julio Garcia, fled the scene after he attempted to rape an elderly woman. The investigation revealed that Garcia knew the victim and attempted to rape her after he forced her into the residence.

A short while later, detectives from the Moorpark Police Station located Garcia in the 1800 block of Cochran Street, Simi Valley. Garcia was arrested for attempted forcible rape and elder abuse. He was booked into the Ventura County Jail in lieu of $1,000,000 bail.

Nature of Incident: Sexual Assault
Report Number: 12-23241
Location: Area of Valley Road and Magnolia Street, Moorpark
Date & Time: 10-18-12 @ 11:19 a.m.
Unit Responsible: Moorpark Police Department / East County Major Crimes
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) Julio Garcia Moorpark 40
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Sergeant Victor Fazio
Media Release Date: 10-18-12
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Greg Tougas (805) 494-8200
Approved by: Captain Ron Nelson

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

The Camarillo Police Department and Saving Lives Camarillo, an anti-drug coalition, will host a community drug forum Tuesday evening to discuss community trends and the impacts caused by the abuse of heroin, prescription drugs, alcohol, marijuana and new designer drugs (i.e., Bath Salts, Spice).

Prescription pill and heroin abuse has increased in many communities throughout the United States, and the reason may surprise most people. Many of the young people who find their way down a path toward opium addiction began the treacherous journey in a medicine cabinet at home.

Most prescription pain medications derive their potency from opium. With pills being commonly prescribed for a variety of ailments, they are easily accessible both at home and on the street. The transition from pills to either smoking or injecting heroin is inevitable, given ample supplies and relatively cheap prices.

The physical and psychological need to maintain the addiction is the bridge that leads from prescription pills to heroin.

The communities in Ventura County are no exception to this growing problem. Tuesday evening, officials from law enforcement, the medical field, and behavioral health community will host a forum that is free to attend and open to anyone interested in learning more about this disturbing trend in our community.

The forum will feature Assistant Sheriff Gary Pentis, Sgt. Victor Fazio, Behavior Specialist Dr. Thomas Carver, and Los Robles ER Doctor Matthew Beatty. The emcee will be Commander Steve DeCesari, Chief of Police of the Camarillo Police Department.

Other supporters include the Ventura County Behavioral Health Department, Ventura County Superintendent of Schools, Los Robles Hospital, and the Sespe Counseling Center. The DUI awareness trailer will be on display, and coffee will be provided free of charge by Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.

Nature of Incident: Community Drug Forum
Location: Ventura County Office of Education, 5100 Adolfo Road, Camarillo
Date & Time: Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Unit Responsible: Camarillo Police Department Community Resource Unit
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Sgt. Eric Buschow
Media Release Date: Oct. 22, 2012
Follow-Up Contact: Sgt. Eric Buschow (805)947-8129
Approved by: Captain Don Aguilar

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

The Thousand Oaks Police Traffic Bureau is investigating an injury traffic collision involving an on-duty Thousand Oaks Police Motor Officer that occurred on Wilbur Road north of St. Charles Drive in the City of Thousand Oaks. Marcia Obrien was driving her vehicle south on Wilbur Road. Deputy Biter was riding his police motorcycle north on Wilbur Road in the #1 traffic lane. Obrien entered the left turn lane at the location in preparation for a left turn into the driveway of the Center Oaks Plaza shopping center. Obrien then turned left across the northbound lane of Wilbur Road as Deputy Biter was approaching.

Deputy Biter’s motorcycle collided with the front end of Obrien’s vehicle causing Deputy Biter to lose control of his motorcycle. Deputy Biter was then ejected from his motorcycle. Deputy Biter was transported to Los Robles Hospital via ambulance for his injuries. Obrien was not injured during the collision.

The cause of the collision is still being investigated. At this time alcohol / drugs do not appear to be a factor in this collision. Anyone who may have witnessed this collision is encouraged to call the Thousand Oaks Traffic Bureau at (805) 494-8271.

Nature of Incident: Injury Traffic Collision
Report Number: 12-23648
Location: Thousand Oaks
Date & Time: October 21, 2012 @ 12:04 PM
Unit Responsible: Thousand Oaks Police Department Traffic Bureau
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
Deputy Anthony Biter, Ventura, 42
Marcia Obrien, Thousand Oaks, 72
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Senior Deputy K. Roark
Media Release Date: October 21, 2012
Follow-Up Contact: Sergeant R. Harwood 805-494-8271
Approved by: Captain Cory Rubright

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

A man was struck and killed by a northbound passenger train Tuesday afternoon while he walked his dog along the railroad tracks near La Conchita at the western edge of Ventura County.

The unidentified man tried to retrieve his dog from the tracks as the train approached, but he was not able to get himself out of the way before being struck. The man was pronounced dead at the scene, but the dog survived and returned to La Conchita on its own.

The engineer of the Amtrak Surfliner train initiated emergency procedures as soon as he saw the man on the tracks. However, the train did not stop in time.

The investigation is ongoing, but witness statements and evidence at the scene indicate the collision occurred as the result of a tragic accident.

The man’s identity has not been released, and an autopsy is pending by the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office. Rail traffic was halted in the area for several hours while officials from various agencies conducted the investigation.

Nature of Incident: Man Struck and killed by Train Near La Conchita
Report Number: 12-23271
Location: ½ mile north of La Conchita near the Santa Barbara County line
Date & Time: Oct. 16, 2012 @ 2:41 p.m.
Unit Responsible: VCSO Headquarters Patrol / Union Pacific Railroad Police / Amtrak / Ventura County Medical Examiner
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(V) Unknown Unknown Unk
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Sgt. Eric Buschow
Media Release Date: Oct. 16, 2012
Follow-Up Contact: Sgt. Eric Buschow (805) 947-8129
Approved by: Captain Patti Salas

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

On 6/27/2012, investigators from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit along with deputies from the Sheriff’s Gang Unit responded to a shooting that occurred at Saticoy Park in the unincorporated area east of the City of Ventura. Responding personnel found a wounded male juvenile lying on the grass. The wounded juvenile was pronounced deceased at the scene. During the initial response and investigation there was evidence of fresh “gang graffiti” and other information leading investigators to believe this was a gang related homicide.

After a lengthy investigation and collection of additional evidence, the Ventura County Major Crimes Unit arrested a male juvenile for the murder on 7/17/2012. The juvenile was booked into the Ventura County Juvenile Justice Center.

Investigators and officers from the Ventura Police Department, Ventura County Probation Department, California Parole, and Oxnard Police Department assisted the Sheriff’s Office with the investigation and with the execution of numerous search warrants. Additional evidence was collected relating to the crime along with the weapons used in the murder. The investigation led to the arrest of a second juvenile for the murder on 10/4/2012. The second juvenile suspect was booked into the Ventura County Juvenile Justice Center as well.

Anyone with information regarding this crime should contact Sergeant Todd Inglis with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office @ (805) 384-4730.

Nature of Incident: Homicide Arrests – Saticoy Unincorporated Area
Report Number: 12-14579
Location: Saticoy Park, 11301 Aster St., Saticoy
Date & Time: June 27, 2012 @ 11:15 P.M.
Unit Responsible: Sheriff’s Major Crimes - Homicide
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) Juvenile, Ventura, 17
(S) Juvenile, Oxnard, 17
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Sergeant Todd Inglis
Media Release Date: October 12, 2012
Follow-Up Contact: Captain Don Aguilar (805) 797-7349
Approved by: Captain Chris Dunn

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

 
A picture of Rivas’ vehicle. The investigation is continuing and the Ventura County Sheriff's Office is asking the public’s assistance in identifying victims.
A picture of Rivas’ vehicle. The investigation is continuing and the Ventura County Sheriff's Office is asking the public’s assistance in identifying victims.
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Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

On 10-11-12, during the afternoon hours, Moorpark patrol deputies received a call of a suspicious subject in the area of Poindexter Park. Multiple reporting parties stated that Sergio Rivas was attempting to lure children over to his vehicle and talk to them as they were walking home from school. One of the parties stated they saw children talking to him and then running quickly away from his car.

An investigation ensued in which additional information developed indicating that Rivas initially attempted to lure adult females into taking rides in his car after he made sexually suggestive remarks to at least one of them. This occurred with two separate women at different locations. Rivas then appeared to engage in similar activity with children who were walking by his vehicle.

A search of Rivas’ vehicle resulted in the seizure of a red police type light and ammunition.

Rivas was arrested for child annoying and booked into custody at the Ventura County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Nature of Incident: Child Annoying
Report Number: 12-22890
Location: Poindexter Park, Moorpark
Date & Time: October 11, 2012 – Afternoon hours
Unit Responsible: Moorpark Patrol
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
Sergio Rivas San Diego 49
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Sergeant Victor Fazio
Media Release Date: 10-11-12
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Darin Yanover (805) 532 2700
Approved by: Captain Ron Nelson

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

FILLMORE POLICE BLOTTER
09/18/12 to 09/24/12
09/18/12
FIGHT
1ST ST. / MEADOWLARK
THEFT
1000 BLOCK ORTEGA ST.
09/19/12
SEARCH WARRANT
800 BLOCK 4TH ST.
TRESPASS
300 BLOCK SANTA CLARA
VANDALISM
1200 BLOCK LOS SERENOS
300 BLOCK CLAY ST.
THEFT RESIDENTIAL
1300 BLOCK WATERFORD
VIOLATION OF RESTRAINING ORDER
300 BLOCK A ST.
09/20/12
SEARCH WARRANT300 BLOCK FILLMORE ST.
300 BLOCK BARD ST.
CRUELTY TO ANIMALS
1300 BLOCK VENTURA ST.
THEFT OTHER
400 BLOCK VENTURA ST.
09/21/12
BATTERY
SHIELLS PARK
THEFT ID
40 BLOCK A ST.
SEARCH WARRANT
1100 BLOCK LOS SERENOS
300 BLOCK FILLMORE ST.
TRESPASS
800 BLOCK GOODENOUGH RD.
CRUELTY TO ANIMALS
600 BLOCK CENTRAL
NARCOTICS VIOLATION
600 BLOCK LEMON WAY
09/22/12
SEARCH WARRANT
700 BLOCK BALDEN LN.
300 BLOCK BARD ST.
400 BLOCK SARATOGA ST.
FIGHT
200 BLOCK SESPE AVE.
09/23/12
VANDALISM
COTTONWOOD LN. / LEVEE DR.
300 BLOCK DEL VALLE DR.
THEFT
600 BLOCK MAPLE CT.
THREATS
800 BLOCK GOODENOUGH
KEEP THE PEACE
500 BLOCK SESPE AVE
09/24/12
THEFT
400 BLOCK SANTA CLARA ST.
SEARCH WARRANT
700 BLOCK 3RD ST.
400 BLOCK SARATOGA ST.
800 BLOCK 4TH ST.
400 BLOCK FILLMORE ST.
600 BLOCK MT. VIEW ST.
BURGLARY RESIDENTIAL
900 BLOCK SANTA FE ST.

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

On or between 09/29/2012, and 10/01/2012, unidentified suspects stole golf bags, golf clubs and golf supplies from three known victims at three separate golf courses in the west end of Ventura County. All three thefts occurred while the victims left their golf bags momentarily unattended to enter the clubhouse. Witnesses described seeing a white male with black hair running away from the clubhouse area carrying the stolen golf bag and supplies. Witnesses described the getaway vehicle as an older, lifted, white, Ford Ranger or Mazda pickup.

One of the victims found a posting on Craigslist for some of his stolen property. The victim agreed to meet with the party that was selling his stolen property in the parking lot of Best Buy in Oxnard. The victim contacted the Sheriff’s Department and requested the two be detained, when he realized he had purchased golf supplies from them in the past.

Headquarters deputies responded and detained Richard Holland and Michael Shumway in the Best Buy parking lot. During their investigation, they found Holland and Shumway in possession of golf clubs, which were reported stolen from a victim two hours earlier at Camarillo Springs Golf Course.

Camarillo detectives conducted a follow-up investigation and found Holland and Shumway had been living together in a trailer associated with a residence in Ventura. Camarillo detectives served a search warrant at the trailer and found golf bags and golf supplies which had been stolen from victims from River Ridge Golf Course in Oxnard, and Sterling Hills Golf Course in Camarillo.

Detectives also located additional golf supplies, which belong to other, yet to be identified theft victims. If you were a victim or witnesses to any of these, or similar thefts contact Det. John McGrath (805) 388-5119 or Det. Greg Gibson (805) 388-5116 at Camarillo P.D.

Nature of Incident: Arrest for Receiving/Possessing Stolen Property
RB#: 12-22305

Location: Best Buy Parking Lot, Rose Avenue, Oxnard
Date & Time: 10/01/2012 @ 11:30 AM
Unit Responsible: Headquarters/Camarillo Patrol and Camarillo Detective Bureau
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) Richard Holland, Ventua, 28
(S) Michael Shumway, Ojai, 29
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Sr. Deputy John McGrath
Media Release Date: October 9, 2012
Follow-Up Contact: Sr. Deputy Greg Gibson (805) 388-5116
Approved by: Bruce Macedo, Captain

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

On October 6, 2012, at about 6:00 A.M., Moorpark patrol deputies responded to a report of a prowler in the backyard of a residence in the 3900 block of Weeping Willow Drive after a neighbor saw the suspect looking into the windows of a residence with a flashlight. The suspect ran away from the backyard after he noticed he was being watched. Responding deputies located Michael Bennett a short distance away in the front yard of another residence. After a brief investigation, deputies arrested Bennett for prowling and possession of a controlled substance.

Upon further investigation, deputies quickly learned that two homes in the area had been broken into earlier that morning. The homeowners were inside sleeping, and property was stolen. The suspect possibly unlocked the rear sliding glass doors to these residences by reaching through a pet door. Deputies also learned of several other residences in the neighborhood where the suspect had attempted to commit burglaries. Through investigation of the crimes, Bennett was linked to those burglaries and the stolen property was recovered.

Bennett was booked at the Sheriff’s Main Jail for the charges of residential burglary, attempted residential burglary, possession of illegal drugs, and being under the influence of illegal drugs. He is currently in custody at the Ventura County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bail.

Nature of Incident: Residential Burglaries
Report Number: 12-22459
Location: 3500 block of Weeping Willow Drive, Moorpark
Date & Time: 10/06/2012 – Early morning hours
Unit Responsible: Moorpark Patrol
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) Michael Bennett Moorpark 24
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Sergeant Victor Fazio
Media Release Date: 10/09/2012
Follow-Up Contact: Detective James McCollum (805) 532-2700
Approved by: Captain Ron Nelson

 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today urged parents, coaches and officials for youth sports to develop protective policies related to minors’ personal information, particularly for information posted online.

Attorney General Harris also announced that after an inquiry from her office, GameChanger, a popular sports statistics website, has updated its privacy policy and practices to better protect minors. The action comes as more and more information about minors is being posted online, often without adult consent.

“Most parents probably do not realize that the simple act of signing a child up for soccer or Little League could put enough information online to put the minor in harm’s way,” said Attorney General Harris. “While the Internet makes tracking games and statistics easier, it is important that parents, coaches, school officials and volunteers all are informed and think carefully about any information that is put online, especially when it pertains to children.”

GameChanger updated its privacy policy and put new protections for minors in place after an inquiry from Attorney General Harris’s Privacy Enforcement & Protection Unit.

The changes include: not allowing anyone under the age of 13 to sign up or post on the site; removing last names of team members under the age of 13; and providing privacy information pertaining to minors to users when teams are added to the website.

The inquiry into GameChanger’s policies came after the Attorney General’s office was contacted by a parent who was concerned about the amount of information being posted on the site. Information included on the site for some teams included the teams’ travel schedule, child’s statistics, full name and nicknames.

“I was disturbed when I realized so much information about my son’s team was being posted without my permission,” said Amanda Biers-Melcher of Burbank. “I appreciate Attorney General’s Harris’s assistance with the company and dedication to helping protect the privacy of our children.”

The Attorney General’s Privacy Unit will work with parents and sports leagues to develop best practices for handling children’s personal information in youth sports programs.

Here are tips for anyone who is involved in youth sports:

Playing It Safe with Children’s Information: Tips for Parents

Youth sports teams provide great opportunities for our children to engage in exercise, while learning valuable lessons about team work, healthy competition and fair play. When signing your children up for such activities, be mindful of the need to protect their personal information.

Ask if the team or league will post any of the child’s personal identifying information – such as name, address, school or photo on a website. Tell them if you do not want your child’s information posted online.

Ask questions about any request for your child’s Social Security number, health insurance number or birth certificate. Propose alternatives, such as the following:

Instead of turning over a copy of a birth certificate, offer to show a copy of the child’s birth certificate and ask that the birth date be entered in the records and noted as verified.

Resist providing the Social Security number. In most cases, the child’s Social Security number should not be necessary.

Insist that a health insurance number, if required, be protected with strong security measures, such as locking it in an office file cabinet or encrypting it if in a digital format.

Ask if the team or league has a written privacy policy, and ask for a copy. If they don’t have one, encourage them to develop an official policy statement that describes the kinds of personal information they collect, how they use it and how it is shared. (Note: If they collect personal information through a website, they may be required to post a privacy policy on the site.)

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

Sheriff’s narcotics detectives eradicated an outdoor marijuana grow Monday morning near Moorpark College.

Detectives had received a tip about the illicit activity and began an investigation. They learned the property owners were not responsible for establishing the grow and did not know the identities of the suspects.

Investigators entered the property this morning and hiked into the canyon where the plants were located. They removed 3,000 plants, along with hundreds of pounds of garbage, fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, and plastic irrigation pipes.

Many of the plants were ready for harvest and had an estimated street value of $3 million. Investigators also removed an elaborate base camp containing food supplies, propane tanks, automotive batteries, and cooking utensils.

The suspects tending the grow had installed hundreds of feet of irrigation pipes to divert water from a nearby spring on the property. The suspects had also shot and killed a deer recently.

Anyone with information about the suspects responsible for this crime is asked to contact Detective Sean Taylor at (805)383-8700.

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

Nature of Incident: Investigators Eradicate 3,000 Marijuana Plants Near Moorpark College
Report Number: 12-22616
Location: Private land northeast of Moorpark College
Date & Time: Oct. 8, 2012 @ 9:00 a.m.
Unit Responsible: Ventura County Sheriff’s Narcotics Bureau
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
Unk.
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Sgt. Eric Buschow
Media Release Date: Oct. 8, 2012
Follow-Up Contact: Sgt. Eric Buschow (805)947-8129
Approved by: Captain Patti Salas

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

On Tuesday, October 2, 2012, the Ventura County Fire Department and the Thousand Oaks Police Department responded to a small brush fire in the Thousand Oaks area. The fire burned approximately one thousand square feet of brush just off the trailhead at the end of Greenmeadow Avenue. Later, the fire was deemed suspicious in nature and was possibly an act of arson.

On Thursday, October 4, 2012, the Ventura County Fire Department and the Thousand Oaks Police Department responded to a small brush fire in the same area as Tuesday’s suspicious fire. Two small fires, approximately 75 feet apart, were discovered off the trailhead at the end of Greenmeadow Avenue. The small fires burned themselves out prior to the arrival of the fire department.

On Friday, October 5, 2012, a joint investigation between the Ventura County Fire Department and the Thousand Oaks Police Department lead to a surveillance of the trailhead and the surrounding area. Upon discovering another small fire in the same area, a male juvenile approximately 13 years of age was contacted riding his bike away from the area of the fire. The juvenile admitted to starting the three fires. Subsequently, the juvenile was arrested for PC 451(c), arson. The juvenile cited and released to his family.

Nature of Incident: Arson Investigation
Report Number: #12-22189, #12-22366, #12-22411
Location: City of Thousand Oaks, Trailhead at Moorpark Road and Greenmeadow Avenue
Date & Time: 10/05/12 @ 2:35 PM
Unit Responsible: Ventura County Fire Department / Thousand Oaks Police Department
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) Male juvenile Thousand Oaks 13
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Sr. Deputy Larry Oriee
Media Release Date: 10/05/12
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Pete Seery (805) 494-8221
Approved by: Captain S. Wade

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

In August of 2012, The Thousand Oaks Special Enforcement Gang Unit learned of a gang related assault that occurred in the 400 block of N. Moorpark Road, in the City of Thousand Oaks. Thousand Oaks Police Department Gang Investigators were able to identify all subjects involved in the assault and develop probable cause to arrest Richy Perez, Daniel Ruelas, and Felix Gamez.

On the morning October 2, 2012, members of the Thousand Oaks Police Department Special Enforcement Gang Unit and Investigations Bureau, along with agents of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, served search warrants on three local residences.

During the investigation and services of the search warrants the three suspects were arrested and subsequently booked into the Ventura County Sheriff’s East County Jail on charges of 245(a)(1)PC, assault with a deadly weapon, 422 PC, criminal threats, 186.22(a)PC, street terrorism, and a parole violation.

As a result of the search warrants, a fourth suspect, Jazmine Zavalata, was also arrested for 485 PC, misappropriation of lost property.

Nature of Incident: Gang related / Assault with a deadly weapon
Report Number: 12-20217
Location: 400 block N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks
Date & Time: July 13, 2012 - 10:00pm
Unit Responsible: Thousand Oaks Police Department Special Enforcement Gang Unit, Thousand Oaks Police Department Investigation Bureau, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
S- Richy Perez, Thousand Oaks, 21
S- Daniel Ruelas, Thousand Oaks, 24
S- Felix Gamez, Simi Valley, 23
S- Jazmine Zavalata, Thousand Oaks, 23
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Detective D. Alvarez
Media Release Date: October 5, 2012
Follow-Up Contact: Detective R. Brady (805) 371-8336
Approved by: Captain S. Wade

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).