SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced a settlement with one of California’s largest health insurers over allegations the company failed to protect the personal information of its members.

The lawsuit, which was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court today along with the settlement, alleges that Blue Cross of California, which does business under the trade name Anthem Blue Cross, printed Social Security numbers on letters mailed to more than 33,000 of its Medicare Supplement and Medicare Part D subscribers between April 2011 and March 2012. The complaint states that Anthem’s conduct violated a state law that restricts the disclosure of Social Security numbers.

“Our office is committed to protecting the privacy of Californians,” said Attorney General Harris. “This settlement requires the company to make significant improvements to its data security procedures to ensure this type of error does not happen again.”

After the incident, Anthem sent a letter to all affected members whose Social Security numbers were visible through the mailed envelope, notifying them of the breach and offering each a year of free credit monitoring services.

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

In August 2012, the East County Sexual Assault Unit initiated an investigation into the possible possession of child pornography by a City of Thousand Oaks resident. During the course of the investigation, a search warrant was obtained for the residence of Alberto Dal Pino.

On September 27, 2012, investigators with the East County Sexual Assault Unit, East County Investigation Bureau, Thousand Oaks Special Enforcement Unit, and the Southern California High Tech Task Force served the search warrant at Dal Pino’s residence. Several illegal videos of male and female minors engaged in sexual acts with adult males were located on his computers. Additionally, illegal narcotics were also located inside Dal Pino’s residence. All evidence was seized and will be used in future court proceedings.

Dal Pino was arrested for possession of child pornography and possession of a controlled substance. Dal Pino was booked into the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office East County Jail Facility with bail set at $250,000.00 dollars pending his arraignment in Superior Court.

Nature of Incident: Possession of Child Pornography
Report Number: 12-17717
Location: 200 block of Triunfo Canyon Road, Thousand Oaks, CA. 91362
Date & Time: 09/27/2012 @ 7:15 AM
Unit Responsible: East County Investigation Bureau/East County Sexual Assault Unit/Thousand Oaks Special Enforcement Unit/Southern California High Tech Task Force
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) Dal Pino, Alberto Thousand Oaks 48
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Sergeant Alan Hartkop
Media Release Date: September 27, 2012
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Eric Taylor
805.371-8309
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).

 

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

On September 25, 2012, at approximately 4:00 P.M., (S) Eric Arevalo, (S) Eric Gonzalez and two male juvenile suspects approached four juvenile victims walking in the area of Adolfo Road and Almendro Way, Camarillo. The suspects brandished knives and demanded the victims’ property. The suspects stole property from the victims and ran away from the scene. As the suspects ran, they yelled out a gang reference representing themselves to be from the Colonia Chiques criminal street gang.

A few minutes later, (S) Eric Arevalo and (S) Eric Gonzalez approached a fifth juvenile victim and again brandished knives and demanded the victim’s property. The victim relinquished the requested property and the suspects fled the scene.

Camarillo Patrol Deputies, working with officers from the Oxnard Police Department arrested (S) Eric Arevalo several hours after the first two robberies, while they were investigating a third reported robbery in the unincorporated area of Oxnard. Arevalo was booked into the Main Jail for robbery and street terrorism. During the investigation, investigators from the Camarillo Police Department’s detective bureau were able to identify all of the suspects involved in the robberies.

On 9-27-12, at approximately 5:00 P.M., investigators from the Camarillo Police Department’s detective bureau, Special Enforcement Detail and Sheriff’s Gang Unit served search warrants in the 800 block of Trevino Terrace and 5200 block of Squires Drive in the city of Oxnard as part of this investigation. Two male juveniles were arrested for robbery and street terrorism as a result of this investigation. Both juveniles were booked into the Juvenile Justice Facility.

On 9-28-12, while he was in custody at the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office’s Main Jail on unrelated robbery charges, (S) Eric Gonzalez was arrested for robbery and street terrorism related to this investigation

The investigation of these robberies is ongoing. Investigators ask anyone who has information regarding the crimes to contact Detectives Gibson or Arthur with the Camarillo Police Department.

Nature of Incident: Armed Robbery Arrests
Report Number: [RB#] RB# 12-21608
Location: 5100 - 5200 Block of Squires Drive, Oxnard
Date & Time: September 27, 2012 @ 6:30 P.M.
Unit Responsible: Camarillo Patrol, Detective & Special Enforcement Bureaus, Sheriff’s Gang Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) Eric Arevalo Oxnard 20
(S) Eric Gonzalez Oxnard 19
(S) Male Juvenile Oxnard 17
(S) Male Juvenile Oxnard 17
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Sergeant Pete O’Sullivan
Media Release Date: September 28, 2012
Follow-Up Contact: Sr. Deputy Greg Gibson, Detective 805-388-5116
Deputy Robert Arthur, Detective 805-388-5157
Approved by: Captain Bruce Macedo

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

Sheriff Geoff Dean is pleased to announce the graduation of the Ventura County Criminal Justice Training Center’s Academy Class #2012-1. The graduation ceremony will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, October 5, 2012, at Sun Air Jets, Camarillo, California. The guest speaker for the graduation ceremony will be The Honorable James P. Cloninger, who is appointed as a Superior Court Judge with the County of Ventura.

The recruits have completed 23 weeks of instruction provided through the combined efforts of local law enforcement agencies and other criminal justice entities. The intense training and education prepares these officers for the responsibilities of serving their communities.

Please see below for the names of the graduating recruits and their respective agencies.

ACADEMY ROSTER
Basic Academy Class #2012-1
Graduating Recruits

DEPARTMENT OF ALCOHOLIC
BEVERAGE CONTROL
Brian Wayne Parsons

OXNARD POLICE DEPARTMENT
David D. Ford
Garrett Taylor Knowles
Jonathan R. Martin
Stephanie Reed Shannon
Meagan Danielle Tobey

SANTA BARBARA POLICE DEPARTMENT
Oscar Daniel Corral Sr.

VENTURA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
Rafael Adrian Abreu
Isaac J. Aragon
Justyn Andrew Czyrklis
Daniel Alan Farmer
Stephen Forrest Galvan
Marco Antonio Garibay Jr.
Nicole Danielle Grover
Charles William Heckman
Michael Ryan Loth
Amariz Raquel Loza
Isaiah Paul Miramontes
Adrian Perez
Mitchell Stanley Peterson
Esperanza Reyes
Marissa Jeannette Serrano
Christopher Lee Vorzimer
Anthony Zacarias

Nature of Incident: Academy Class 2012-1 Graduation
Location: 855 Aviation Drive, Camarillo
Date & Time: Friday, October 5, 2012 / 1300
Unit Responsible: Ventura County Criminal Justice Training Center
Media Release Date: September 28, 2012
Follow-Up Contact: Captain Paul Higgason (805) 797-6407
Approved by: Captain Bill Flannigan

 

SACRAMENTO, CA - Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced that claim forms will be sent to approximately 432,584 California borrowers who lost their homes to foreclosure between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2011 and may be eligible for a settlement payment under the $25 billion national mortgage foreclosure settlement.

Borrowers receiving the claim forms had mortgages serviced by Ally/GMAC, Bank of America, Citi, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo, the servicers that agreed to the settlement with the federal government and attorneys general of 49 states and the District of Columbia.

The settlement, which was signed by the Court in April 2012, earmarked approximately $1.5 billion in payments for 2 million borrowers nationwide. The actual payment amount will depend upon the total number of borrowers who decide to participate. Payment checks are expected to be mailed in mid-2013.

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

On 9-22-12, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office conducted 38 compliance checks of registered sex offenders in Fillmore and the unincorporated areas of Fillmore and Piru. The compliance checks were part of the Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement (SAFE) grant. Section 290 of the California Penal Code requires persons convicted of specified sexual assault crimes to register with the agency where they reside.

Thirty-one of the 38 registered sex offenders were in compliance with their registration requirement. Seven of the registrants were not home or had moved and detectives will follow-up to determine if the registrants are out-of-compliance. During the compliance checks, no arrests were made.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting similar sweeps randomly throughout the county to verify registered sex offenders are living at their reported residence along with conducting probation and/or parole searches of registered sex offenders who are on probation and/or parole.

Nature of Incident: 290 Compliance Checks
Report Number:
Location: City of Fillmore and Unincorporated Area of Piru
Date & Time: 9-22-2012
Unit Responsible: Fillmore Station Deputies and Major Crimes Detectives
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Sergeant Ian Laughlin
Media Release Date: 9-22-2012
Follow-Up Contact: Jim Botting (805) 384-4743 or Sergeant Ian Laughlin (805) 384-4737
Approved by: Captain Chris Dunn

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

On September 20, at 4:37 p.m., deputies responded to a report of a stabbing victim on Highland Drive near Roosevelt Blvd., in the Silver Strand beach community. Prior to the deputies’ arrival, the victim was taken to Ventura County Medical Center by ambulance for treatment of injuries sustained in the attack.

Investigators collected information which led them to arrest Jake Lopez for the assault a few hours later. Lopez was booked at the Pre-Trial Detention Facility in Ventura for section 245(a)(1) of the Penal Code – assault with a deadly weapon likely to produce great bodily injury. His bail is currently set at $20,000.00

The victim, David Darling, was treated for non-life threatening injuries and later released.

Nature of Incident: Assault with Deadly Weapon
Report Number: 12-21244
Location: Highland Drive near Roosevelt Blvd., Oxnard, CA
Date & Time: 09/20/12 4:37 p.m.
Unit Responsible: West County Patrol Services – Headquarters Station
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (W)itnesses (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) Lopez, Jake Everett
(V) Darling, David Wayne Jr.
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Captain Patti Salas
Media Release Date: 09/21/12
Follow-Up Contact: Captain Patti Salas, 805 797 6392
Approved by: Captain Cory Rubright

 

LOS ANGELES, CA - California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris and Mexico Attorney General Marisela Morales Ibáñez today signed an accord to expand prosecutions and secure convictions of criminals who engage in the trafficking of human beings.

The accord will increase coordination of law enforcement resources targeting transnational gangs that engage in the sale and trafficking of human beings across the California-Mexico border. The accord calls for closer integration on human trafficking investigations between the two offices and the sharing of best practices for law enforcement to recognize instances of human trafficking and provide support and services to victims. Prosecutors from the two offices today held the second of a series of meetings to implement the initiative.

“California and Mexico are together taking steps to disrupt and dismantle the criminal networks that traffic human beings into our state as if they were just another commodity,” said Attorney General Harris. “Trageting transnational gangs is a vital component of our efforts to protect public safety in California.”

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RIVERSIDE, CA - Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced the arraignment of four men who attempted to sell 25 pounds of methamphetamine with a street value of more than $1.1 million to an undercover task force agent. The narcotics are believed to have been imported from the Sinaloa cartel in Mexico.

“Transnational gangs are a real and present danger in California and a priority for Department of Justice agents,” said Attorney General Kamala D. Harris. “We must continue and extend our crackdown on these transnational gangs and their trafficking of guns, drugs and human beings throughout our state.”

Juan Martin Ramirez, 22, of Inglewood, Carlos Javier Martinez-Sequeira, 43, and Jose Manuel Chaidez, 25, of Hawthorne, and Jesus Manuel Landeros, 42, of Phoenix, Arizona were arraigned today in Riverside County Superior Court on two felony counts of possession of methamphetamine for sale and transportation of a controlled substance. All four defendants pled not guilty, and bail was set for each at $1 million.

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

On September 13th and 14th, 2012, detectives from the Moorpark Police Department, along with several other specialized units from within the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, served search warrants at ten residences in the city of Moorpark. These search warrants were related to the investigation of two gang related shootings that occurred in the City of Moorpark on August 11th and 13th, 2012.

As a result of these searches, many other crimes were discovered. Therefore, Clark Mendoza and Alfredo Gutierrez were arrested for child endangerment; Edgar Godinez was arrested for possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell; Jose Ayala was arrested for possession of a controlled substance; Michael Lopez, Randy Gomez, Anthony Gomez and Tiffany Davis were arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance; Larry Reyes was arrested for a parole violation and Ricardo Mendoza was arrested for an outstanding warrant.

The investigation into these shootings is continuing. If you have information, please contact the Sheriff’s East County Major Crimes Unit at (805) 494-8201. Ventura County Crime Stoppers will also pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for these crimes. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

Nature of Incident: Search Warrants Lead to Several Arrests
Report Number: 12-18124, 12-18322
Location: Moorpark, CA
Date & Time: September 13, 2012 & September 14, 2012
Unit Responsible: Moorpark Police Department
Sheriff’s East County Major Crimes Unit

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) Jose Christobal Ayala
(S) Larry John Reyes
(S) Ricardo Mendoza
(S) Clark Ryan Mendoza
(S) Michael Lopez
(S) Alfredo Gutierrez
(S) Edgar Godinez
(S) Randy Joe Gomez
(S) Anthony Tito Gomez
(S) Tiffany Nicole Davis
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Sergeant Jeff Miller
Media Release Date: September 14, 2012
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Mike Ferguson (805) 494-8222
Approved by: Captain Frank O’Hanlon

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

Join us for a day of fun at the second annual Gourmet Food Truck and Bocce Ball Festival. We have amazing cuisine with some of the best gourmet food trucks in Ventura and LA Counties. There are 12 official size Bocce courts for our double elimination tournament, where the winner receives $500 and bragging rights for the "Best Bocce Team in Ventura County." The event will have a family fun zone, picnic areas, and a "Terror Truck" to get you in the spirit of the season. Bruce Barrios, the number one Event DJ in the county will be the Master of Ceremonies with non-stop entertainment featuring the Shoemaker Brothers, Cover to Cover, and Sound Effects playing all day on the Festival Stage.

Limoneira
1141 Cummings Road, Santa Paula
Festival hours - 12-5pm
Bocce Tournament begins at 11am

NACE, The National Association of Catering and Events presents this year's Festival and it will benefit the Ventura County Sheriff's Foundation.

If you have never visited Limoneira Ranch, it is a jewel in Ventura County, come on out, enjoy the surroundings and spend the day with us!

For more information visit: BocceFestival.com

Event tickets:
General admission - $20
Children 5-12yrs. - $5
Under 5yrs. - free
VIP ticket - $50, Includes access to the VIP special tasting tent
Bocce Team entry - $150, Includes festival entry, tournament play and VIP tasting for 4 team members.

Sponsorships are available and include your team entry fee.

Contact: nancy@VCSheriffsFoundation.org, 805-492-4398.

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

On August 1, 2012, the Thousand Oaks Police Department initiated an investigation into a theft of a large amount of jewelry from the 100 block of Pajaro Street in Thousand Oaks. Over the course of the investigation, detectives obtained evidence that linked Christopher Fagundes to the crime.

On September 6, 2012, detectives from the Thousand Oaks Investigations Bureau and the Thousand Oaks Special Enforcement Unit located Fagundes and Jessica Madsen at a residence in the City of Ventura. A search led to the recovery of stolen property and narcotics. This stolen property included jewelry stolen in the Thousand Oaks theft, as well as a law enforcement Taser that had been stolen in the City of Camarillo.

Fagundes was arrested for felony possession of stolen property, felony possession of a controlled substance and for being under the influence of a controlled substance. Madsen was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance. Both Fagundes and Madsen were booked into the Ventura County Pre-Trial Detention Facility.

Nature of Incident: Theft Investigation
Report Number: 12-17353, 12-17389, 12-20129
Location: 600 block of Kirk Avenue, Ventura, CA
Date & Time: September 6, 2012 @ 10:45 a.m.
Unit Responsible: Thousand Oaks Investigations Bureau
Thousand Oaks Special Enforcement Unit

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) Fagundes, Christopher Thomas, Ventura, CA, 30
(S) Madsen, Jessica Dawn, Ventura, CA, 36
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Sergeant Jeff Miller
Media Release Date: September 7, 2012
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Pete Seery / (805) 494-8221
Approved by: Captain Steve 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 9-4-12, Moorpark Detectives learned Luellen Leyva forged company checks and stole from her place of employment. She was arrested and later admitted to stealing approximately $700,000 from her place of employment. She stated she wrote herself checks on her employer's account, deposited the checks into her two personal accounts and then wired the money to a man and his representatives that she met on an internet dating site. She stated that she wired over $500,000 from one of her bank accounts to her internet fiancée.

A search was conducted of her residence, vehicle, computers, phone, bank accounts and email account. An analysis of her bank accounts showed Leyva deposited over $400,000 into one of her accounts and over $100,000 into another one of her accounts from checks she forged from her place of employment during the past twenty months alone. An analysis of her emails showed she had been communicating with a man known to her only as David Mark since last year. She thought she developed an internet romance with a wealthy foreign national. She believed he was to meet her last year but she soon was told he was detained by immigration when he landed in the United States to be with her. A long drawn out supposed battle with immigration and attorneys ensued in which Leyva consistently wired thousands of dollars in what she thought was an attempt to free her lover. Even after she was fired on 9-4-12, there was communication between Mark's alleged attorney and her regarding sending more money to secure Mark's release. Leyva finally understood, during the interview with detectives, that there never was a David Mark who was being held by immigration and she was sending money to a criminal organization, based out of Africa.

Leyva is currently in custody at the Ventura County Jail in lieu of $200,000 bail.

Nature of Incident: Major Fraud / Embezzlement
Report Number: 12-19967
Location: Moorpark, CA
Date & Time: September 4, 2012
Unit Responsible: Moorpark Investigations
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) Luellen Leyva Newbury Park 58
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Sergeant Victor Fazio
Media Release Date: 9-7-12
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Kevin Lynch (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).

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

On 05-17-12, a female victim reported that she met a male who identified himself as Michael Russo. This person attempted to sell her pre-IPO Facebook shares of stock at a discounted price. The victim’s suspicions were raised and she contacted the Thousand Oaks Police Department. Deputies from the Thousand Oaks Police Department subsequently contacted the individual named Russo. Russo later identified himself as Michael Freedman.

Deputies found documents regarding the potential sale of the pre-IPO Facebook shares. They also found other documents with names of other females who might be potential victims. The documents had logos of a major financial institution and a Silicon Valley based capital venture firm that indicated that Russo/Freedman had Facebook shares to sell and a multi-million dollar trust fund available to him. During the course of the investigation, these documents were determined to be fraudulent. Detectives also learned that Freedman had sold these non-existent Facebook shares to another female victim for the sum of $10,000.00 on 04-06-12.

On 09-06-12, during the continuing investigation, Thousand Oaks Police Department Special Enforcement Detail Detectives arrested Freedman in the 100 block of N. La Brea Avenue in Inglewood, CA.

Freedman is currently in custody at the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Pre-Trial Detention Facility awaiting a court hearing for grand theft, theft by false pretenses, burglary, and attempted grand theft charges.

Thousand Oaks residents can protect themselves from this type of activity by verifying the person who is promoting the sales of these securities. A legitimate salesperson will have a securities license and be registered with the California State Department of Corporations (www.corp.ca.gov.)

Nature of Incident: Man arrested for grand theft, theft by false pretenses, burglary, and attempted grand theft
Report Number: 12-11106 and 12-12194
Location: 100 block of N. La Brea Ave. Inglewood, California
Date & Time: 09/06/2012 @ 10:10 AM
Unit Responsible: Thousand Oaks Police Department Patrol, Thousand Oaks Police Investigations, Thousand Oaks Police Special Enforcement Detail, Thousand Oaks Police Forgery/Fraud Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) Michael Freedman Los Angeles, CA 53
Deputy Preparing Media Release:
Detective Ilano
Media Release Date: 09/06/2012
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Ilano; (805) 494-8201
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

Jail visits will be canceled for four days this month due to renovations in the lobby of the Pre-Trial Detention Facility in Ventura. All public visiting will be canceled from September 18, 2012, through September 21, 2012. This will not affect visits by attorneys or other professionals.

The Sheriff’s Office would like the public to be aware of the impact of the visiting cancelation, so friends and relatives of inmates can plan accordingly. Notice of the cancelation will also be posted on the Sheriff’s Office website at www.vcsd.org

The cancelation will not affect regular visiting schedules at the Todd Road Jail or the East County Jail. As always, people are encouraged to check the website to confirm an inmate’s location and the corresponding visiting schedule prior to arriving at any of our jail facilities.

Nature of Incident: Jail Visiting to be Canceled During Renovations at Pre-Trial Detention Facility
Report Number: N/A
Location: Pre-Trial Detention Facility 800 S. Victoria Ave. Ventura, Ca. 93009
Date & Time: Sept. 18-21, 2012
Unit Responsible: Detention Services Division / Pre-Trial Detention Facility
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
N/A Deputy Preparing Media Release: Sgt. Eric Buschow
Media Release Date: Sept. 6, 2012
Follow-Up Contact: Sgt. Garo Kuredjian (805)654-3325
Approved by: Commander Guy Stewart

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

On August 31, 2012, during an investigation by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, East County Major Crimes Bureau, Christopher Allen Burton was arrested at his residence in Thousand Oaks for child annoying.

Burton has been identified as the person who drove a black truck and approached several young females. During one of these encounters, Burton identified himself as working for a local newspaper and offered money to the victims for their photographs. In another case, Burton offered money to take a video of the victim. The females were frightened by Burton’s behavior, went home, and reported the incident to their parents and police. The incidents have occurred near and around Thousand Oaks and Newbury Park High Schools.

Burton was arrested, cited, and released with a court date. The case will be submitted to the District Attorney’s Office for review and filing of criminal charges.

This investigation remains open and ongoing. The Thousand Oaks Police Department is seeking information from the public regarding these incidents or any other similar incidents. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Luna (805) 494-8229.

Nature of Incident: PC 647.6(a) / Child Annoying
Report Number: 12-19493 & 12-19566
Location: Calle Nardo @ E. Avenida De Las Flores and
125 N. Reino Rd., Thousand Oaks, CA
Date & Time: August 28, 2012, 7:30 PM and
August 29, 2012, 5:20 PM
Unit Responsible: Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, East County Major Crimes Bureau
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) Christopher Allen Burton Thousand Oaks 36
Deputy Preparing Media Release:
Detective M. Luna
Media Release Date: August 29, 2012
Follow-Up Contact: Detective M. Luna (805) 494-8229
Approved by: Captain Stephen Wade #1269

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).

 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced that the number of reported hate crimes in California decreased 4 percent in 2011. There were 1,060 hate crime events reported statewide in 2011, a decrease from the 1,107 hate crime events reported in 2010.

“There is no place in our inclusive Golden State for hate crimes and their destruction of what makes California so special,” Attorney General Harris said. “I welcome the decrease in these senseless crimes and commend state and local law enforcement for their efforts to protect every Californian.”

Hate crimes with race/ethnicity/national origin account for the most common type of hate crime in the last 10 years and represented 57.5 percent of all hate crime events in 2011. Anti-Black hate crimes account for 29.5 percent of all hate crimes. Since 2002, anti-Hispanic hate crimes have decreased by 43.6 percent.

Hate crimes events involving a religious bias have increased slightly, from 198 in 2010 to 201 in 2011. Anti-Jewish hate crimes continue to be most common, accounting for 8 percent of all hate crimes reported since 2002. Of the 201 hate crimes involving a religious bias in 2011, 132 were anti-Jewish.

All police agencies and district attorney’s offices in California, in cooperation with the Department of Justice, have developed local data collection programs and submitted hate crime statistics for this report. Categories are established by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

A total of 313 hate crime cases were referred to prosecutors in 2011, and 253 cases were filed for prosecution. Of the 253 filed, 204 were filed as hate crimes. Of the 161 cases with a disposition available for this report, 46 percent (74) were hate crime convictions, 50 percent (80) were other convictions and 4 percent (7) were not convicted.

The hate crime reporting system was implemented by the Department of Justice in 1994. Law enforcement agencies are required to submit copies of initial crime reports to the department, and each agency has established procedures incorporating a two-tier review process. The first level is done by the initial officer who responded to the suspected hate crime incident. Then each report is reviewed by at least one other officer to confirm that the event was, in fact, a hate crime.

The California Attorney General’s Office published its first hate crimes report in 1995. All previous reports can be found at: http://oag.ca.gov/cjsc/pubs#hate

A complete copy of the Hate Crime in California 2011 report is attached to an electronic version of this press release.

 

SACRAMENTO, CA - Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced the arraignment of two men who burglarized high-end electronics retailers in five Bay Area counties and then sold the merchandise on an online auction website.

Justin Mahlet, 37, of Sacramento and Jason Tate, 41, of Rocklin were arraigned today in Placer County Superior Court on 17 felony counts of burglary that resulted in losses of $400,000 in stolen goods and property damage. Mahlet and Tate, who pled not guilty, turned themselves in on July 13 and July 19 and were released on bail set at $105,000 and $50,000, respectively.

“The defendants used the anonymity of the Internet to sell stolen goods from high-end electronic retailers,” said Attorney General Harris. “This case is a prime example of state and local law enforcement collaboration to bring those who commit crimes online to justice.”

The Attorney General’s eCrime Unit will prosecute the case because the defendants allegedly committed the commercial burglaries in multiple jurisdictions, and used eBay to fence the stolen goods. The investigation was conducted by the Palo Alto Police Department and the Sunnyvale Police Department.

Between December 2010 and September 2011, Mahlet and Tate burglarized more than a dozen electronic retailers in Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Solano counties. Among the items stolen were a $40,000 GPS device for land surveying, amplifiers valued at $10,000, cameras valued at $4,000 each, and other expensive goods.

In September 2011, officers from the Sunnyvale Police Department responded to a commercial alarm and saw the defendants exiting the building with items. Mahlet and Tate attempted to flee but were arrested. Detectives later obtained search warrants for their residences and a storage rental unit in Rocklin, CA, where there were numerous electronic items from the businesses that had been burglarized.

Detectives also uncovered eBay accounts associated with the defendants and found high-end electronic items listed for sale that matched items missing from the burglaries.

Last year, Attorney General Harris created the eCrime Unit to identify and prosecute identity theft crimes, cybercrimes and other crimes involving the use of technology. More information is available here: http://oag.ca.gov/cybersafety.

A copy of the complaint and arrest warrant is attached to the online version of this release at www.oag.ca.gov.

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

On September 1 at about 8:30 p.m. a Camarillo Police Department patrol vehicle was involved in a non-injury traffic collision with another vehicle at the intersection of Las Posas Rd. and Arneill Rd. The deputy was responding in a black and white patrol car Code-3 (red lights and siren) to an in-progress disturbance call. As it entered the intersection on Las Posas Rd., it collided with another vehicle attempting to make a left turn on to Las Posas Rd. from Arneill Rd. None of the parties involved in the collision were injured.

After colliding with the vehicle driven by the other party, the patrol car rolled over and landed on its top. The deputy was removed from the vehicle with assistance by Ventura County Fire Department firefighters. The patrol vehicle sustained significant damage and the other involved vehicle sustained moderate damage.

The traffic collision is under the investigation.

Nature of Incident: Camarillo Police Department Patrol Vehicle Involved in Non-Injury Traffic Collision During Code-3 Response to Call
Report Number: 12-19816
Location: Las Posas Rd @ Arneill Rd
Date & Time: September 1, 2012 @ 8:30 P.M.
Unit Responsible: Camarillo Police Department - Traffic Bureau
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
N/A N/A N/A
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Captain Don Aguilar
Media Release Date: September 2, 2012
Follow-Up Contact: Captain Don Aguilar (805) 797-7349 or don.aguilar@ventura.org
Approved by: Captain Derek West

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

On August 28, 2012, at about 7:30 p.m., a female minor was walking home from Thousand Oaks High School. A white adult male, driving a black truck, stopped and contacted the female, while remaining in his truck. The male offered the female money. The female, frightened by the male, declined his offer and hurried home. She reported the incident to police.

The following day, two other female minors were skateboarding near CVS Pharmacy located at 125 North Reino Road, when a white male driving a black truck approached them. The male subject offered them money, but the girls declined his offer and walked into the store. Approximately five minutes later, the girls walked out of the store. The male subject again approached them and proceeded to offer them money.

The incidents appear to be related.

Thousand Oaks Police Department is conducting an active investigation and is seeking information from the public regarding these two incidents or any similar incidents. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Luna (805) 494-8229.

The Thousand Oaks Police Department would like to remind the community to be aware of their surroundings and to continue to educate their children about personal safety. In both these events, the girls remained calm, sought shelter, and notified an adult immediately. Their actions clearly contributed to their safety. For information and prevention tips, please visit:

http://ci.thousandoaks.ca.us/government/depts/police/childlure.asp

Nature of Incident: Child Annoying
Report Number: 12-19493 & 12-19566
Location: Calle Nardo at East Avenida De Las Flores and 125 N. Reino Rd.,
Thousand Oaks, CA

Date & Time: August 28, 2012, 7:30 p.m. and August 29, 2012, 5:20 p.m.
Unit Responsible: Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, East County Investigations
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
White Male, 30’s
Release Prepared by: Detective M. Luna
Media Release Date: August 30, 2012
Follow-Up Contact: Detective M. Luna, 805 494-8229
Media Inquiries: Captain James Fryhoff, 805-797-6378

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).