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

Over the past several months, the Conejo Valley and Camarillo areas have seen an increase in vehicle burglaries. For the past month, specific information was received about a red SUV that has been seen in areas where vehicle burglaries were committed. Surveillance video was obtained of the suspects and vehicle committing some of the crimes.

The Thousand Oaks Police Department’s Investigations Unit worked in collaboration with the Camarillo Police Department and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (Lost Hills) and identified two of the suspects associated with the crimes and red SUV.

An investigation into the suspects led to deputies observing them commit new crimes on 6/19/13 in the City of Camarillo. Members of the Thousand Oaks and Camarillo Special Enforcement Units stopped the suspects, who had numerous items of stolen property in their vehicle that belonged to several different victims from several cities. The suspects were arrested for numerous felony charges related to the burglaries.

The Thousand Oaks police would like to remind the public to secure valuables from their vehicles inside their homes to help prevent them from becoming a victim of theft.

Nature of Incident: Arrest of burglary suspects
Report Number: 13-11143
Location: Ventura County and Los Angeles County areas
Date & Time: 6/20/2013 1400
Unit Responsible: Thousand Oaks Investigations, Thousand Oaks Special Enforcement Unit, Camarillo Special Enforcement Unit.
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
Lorenzo Gutierrez, Oxnard, 21
Jonathon Morata, Oxnard, 29
Prepared by: Sgt. Jason Robarts #2948
Media Release Date: 6/20/13
Follow-Up Contact: Sgt. Jason Robarts #2948
Approved by: Captain Cory Rubright

 


 

SACRAMENTO, CA – Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced the arrest of four individuals, including suspected Sureños gang members, and the seizure of an estimated $2 million in marijuana during a California Department of Justice raid of a marijuana growing operation in Sacramento County.

The arrests represent the culmination of a month-long investigation by Special Agents with the California Department of Justice. Agents seized more than 7,000 marijuana plants and 100 pounds of processed marijuana with an estimated street value of $2 million. Two 12-gauge shotguns and one .22 caliber semi automatic handgun were also seized.

“These armed gang members are learning the hard way that operating a massive, illegal drug operation on state property is a very bad idea,” Attorney General Kamala D. Harris said. “I commend the men and women of the California Department of Justice for their continuing efforts to identify and dismantle illegal and dangerous operations like this one.”

In May, California Department of Justice agents began an investigation into suspected members of the Sureño gang in Tulare County who they believed were involved in an illegal marijuana growing operation. The investigation led agents the state-owned Stone Lakes Preserve in Sacramento County, which contained a large-scale illegal marijuana growing, processing and packaging operation.

In a raid on Tuesday, agents arrested Anthony Uasiarez, 34, and Ruben Guzman, 18, both from Mexico, and Jorge Vargas Garcia, 22, and Jose Estrada, 23, both from Tulare County. Garcia and Estrada are suspected Sureños gang members.

The suspects have been booked into the Sacramento County Jail and face charges that include possession of marijuana for sale, cultivation of marijuana, conspiracy and being armed in the commission of a felony. The four individuals are being held on $500,000 bail each.

The Mountain and Valley Marijuana Investigation Team (MAVMIT) led the operation and was assisted by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. MAVMIT is an investigation team focused on illegal marijuana-related cases.

Photos of items seized during Tuesday’s operation are attached to the electronic version of this press release at http://oag.ca.gov/news.

The charges in the complaints are only allegations and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless they are proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

 


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

Narcotics Detectives completed a 3 month investigation into marijuana cultivations with the arrest of Ricardo Valencia.

In February 2013, Narcotics Detectives observed suspicious activity at several locations along Highway 33 north of the city of Ojai. This area has held several large scale marijuana cultivations for many years. Through their investigation, detectives identified Ricardo Valencia, a Los Angeles resident, as being involved in these suspicious activities. Detectives knew Valencia from his arrest, and subsequent conviction, for cultivation of marijuana in 2012 near Rose Valley. After serving his sentence, Valencia was deported to his native country.

With the assistance of the Sheriff’s Air Unit, three large cultivation sites near Highway 33 were identified:
1. Near the Chorro Grande Trail
2. Near Belly Ache Falls
3. An unnamed canyon north of Matilija Canyon Road.

On June 4th and June 6th, Sheriff’s personnel eradicated the 3 grow sites and seized 6,229 marijuana plants.

On June 7, Valencia was arrested near his home in Los Angeles for the cultivation of marijuana. During the Search Warrant at his residence, detectives discovered 2 firearms, over $5,000.00 in cash, approximately 1 pound of processed marijuana, and items typically related to marijuana cultivation; flexible irrigation tubing, camouflaged propane cylinders, seedling cups, and animal repellants.

Valencia was transported to the Sheriff’s Main Jail in Ventura and booked for the cultivation of marijuana, a violation of probation warrant stemming from the 2012 arrest, and possession of fictitious identification paperwork. His bail was set at $500,000.00.

Nature of Incident: Marijuana cultivation arrest
Report Number: 13-5565
Location: Los Padres National Forest, Ojai CA.
Date & Time: June 7, 2013
Unit(s) Responsible: Sheriff’s Narcotics, West County Street Team
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
Ricardo Juarez Valencia Los Angeles 36
Prepared by: Sergeant Mike Horne
Media Release Date: June 19, 2013
Follow-Up Contact: Captain Don Aguilar
805-7349
Don.aguilar@ventura.org
Approved by: Captain J. Hernandez

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

Citizen surveys can be a valuable tool in gauging the effectiveness of the services we offer the community.

The Sheriff’s Office has completed a survey utilizing a random sampling of individuals who placed calls for service during the month of February 2013. This year’s process differed from previous surveys in which we had notified people by mail. The rate of return in the past was very low.

Rather than send notices by mail this year, deputies contacted individuals directly. This resulted in greater participation among the contact group than in previous years.

The results of the survey have been posted on our website at www.vcsd.org. The link to the survey is on the banner above the photo gallery on the main page.

Nature of Incident: 2013 Citizen Survey Results
Location: Countywide
Date: June 14, 2013
Unit(s) Responsible: Sheriff’s Professional Standards Bureau
Prepared by: Sgt. Eric Buschow
Media Release Date: June 18, 2013
Follow-Up Contact: Captain Ross Bonfiglio (805)662-6843
ross.bonfiglio@ventura.org
Approved by: Captain Ross Bonfiglio

 


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

On June 16, 2013, at approximately 5:10 PM, the Camarillo Police Department, Ventura County Fire Department and AMR responded to the intersection of Carmen Dr. and Edgemont Dr. in reference to an injury traffic accident.

Initial reports were that a vehicle hit a juvenile riding a bicycle. Upon further investigation, it was determined that the juvenile was riding his bicycle northbound along the west side of Carmen Dr. with two other bicyclists. Carolyn Skinner was driving her 2000 Toyota Avalon northbound on Carmen Dr. approaching Edgemont Dr. The juvenile attempted to cross Carmen Dr. at Edgemont Dr. and was struck by Skinner. The juvenile sustained life-threatening injuries as a result of the accident and was transported to Los Robles Regional Medical Center by AMR where he later died. The juvenile was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

The accident is still under investigation by the Camarillo Traffic Bureau. Anyone who might have witnessed the accident or is aware of anyone that might have been involved in the accident is asked to contact the Camarillo Police Department at (805) 388-5100.

Nature of Incident: Fatal Traffic Accident
Report Number: 13-13266
Location: Carmen Dr. and Edgemont Dr., Camarillo
Date & Time: June 16, 2013 at 5:10 PM
Unit(s) Responsible: Camarillo Police Department Traffic Bureau
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
Decedent-Male Juvenile, Camarillo, 12
Party-Carolyn Joan Skinner, Camarillo, 79
Prepared by: Sergeant Renee Ferguson
Media Release Date: June 17, 2013
Follow-Up Contact: Senior Deputy John Popp (805) 388-5146
Approved by: Captain Melissa Smith

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

A man was shot by deputies Saturday evening, after he rammed one patrol car and attempted to drive his car into another deputy.

The incident began with a hit-and-run traffic collision on Westlake Boulevard. Deputies were checking the area for the suspect vehicle, when one of them found a similar vehicle in the area of Lakeview Canyon Road and Agoura Road.

When the deputy tried to stop the vehicle, it fled through a shopping center at the northwest corner of Lakeview Canyon and Agoura. The deputy followed the suspect vehicle, which then drove eastbound on Agoura Road in the westbound traffic lanes. The suspect vehicle continued eastbound and intentionally accelerated and rammed a marked sheriff’s patrol car traveling westbound on Agoura Road.

The suspect then reversed his vehicle toward the first deputy who had followed him. That deputy had exited his patrol car and was in imminent danger of being struck by the suspect’s vehicle. The deputy fired several shots at the suspect. The suspect then tried to drive away, but the second deputy rammed the suspect’s vehicle and pushed it into the curb to prevent the suspect from being a further danger to the public.

The suspect, who was later identified as 33-year-old Rogelio Gutierrez of Gilroy, Ca., suffered several gunshot wounds and was taken to Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center for treatment.

Anyone who was in the area and witnessed the incident is asked to contact Sgt. Ian Laughlin of the Sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau (805)383-8791 or (805)384-4737.

Nature of Incident: Officer Involved Shooting
Report Number: 13-13209
Location: Lakeview Canyon Road @ Agoura Road Westlake Village
Date & Time: June 15, 2013 @ 9:03 pm
Unit Responsible: Thousand Oaks Patrol
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) Rogelio Gutierrez Gilroy, Ca. 33
Prepared by: Sgt. Eric Buschow
Media Release Date: June 16, 2013
Follow-Up Contact: Sgt. Eric Buschow ( 805) 947-8129
Approved By: Capt. Chris Dunn

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

On 6/13/2013, detectives with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit concluded a month long investigation of a Los Angeles County resident who was selling illegal narcotics to Ventura County residents. Detectives arrested Robert James Heitz, age 45, after he left his residence located in Agoura Hills.

A search warrant was served at Heitz’ residence where detectives seized two ounces of heroin, three ounces of marijuana, a half ounce of cocaine and a half ounce of methamphetamine. A small marijuana grow was also discovered inside the residence. Additionally, detectives seized a significant amount of currency they determined to be proceeds from illegal drugs sales and evidence Heitz was actively involved in the illegal sales of narcotics.

Heitz was booked at the Ventura County Main Jail in Ventura for violations of sales of heroin, possession for sales of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana. Heitz’s bail is pending review at $250,000.00 He is scheduled to appear in Ventura County Superior Court for arraignment on 6/17/2013, at 1:30 PM.

Nature of Incident: Narcotics Arrest
Report Number: 13-11277
Location: 6300 Block of Germania Court, Agoura Hills
Date & Time: 6/13/2013
Unit Responsible: Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
Heitz, Robert James Agoura 45
Prepared by: Sgt. Jose Rivera
Media Release Date: 6/13/2013
Follow-Up Contact: Sgt. Jose Rivera (805) 383-8700
jose.rivera@ventura.org
Approved by: Captain Dave Wareham

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 -- Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced criminal charges and the arraignment of three brothers who face up to five years in prison for operating an illegal website that allowed users to watch bootleg versions of copyrighted television shows and movies.

Hop Hoang, 26, Tony Hoang, 23, and Huynh Hoang, 20, all brothers, were arraigned in Alameda County Superior Court on Thursday, June 13 for allegedly operating the website mediamp4.com which allowed users to illegally stream more than 1,000 copyrighted television and movie titles on computers and mobile devices. The three have each been charged with one count of conspiracy, four counts of receiving stolen property and one count of grand theft.

“Digital piracy is theft. It is a serious crime that harms one of California’s most important economic engines – our entertainment industry,” said Attorney General Harris. “This case sends a clear message that the California Department of Justice will investigate digital piracy and prosecute violators to the fullest extent of the law.”

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) initially began an investigation into iphonetvshows.net and movieiphone.net and sent a cease and desist letter to Tony Hoang. Thereafter, Tony Hoang and his co-defendant brothers allegedly resumed the illegal operation under a new domain name, mediamp4.com. The Attorney General’s office then initiated an investigation into mediamp4.com, executed a search warrant, seized property used in connection with the illegal operation and filed charges against the Hoang brothers.

“The MPAA deeply appreciates the leadership of Attorney General Harris and her office in helping to combat websites that illegally profit from the creative content produced by the men and women of the American movie and television community,” said former Senator Chris Dodd, the MPAA’s CEO and Chairman. “There are now nearly 80 legal online services in the United States dedicated to providing movies and television shows to viewers. But to realize the enormous potential of these businesses and ensure an Internet that works for everyone, it is critical that government, content creators, the tech community and others work together to stop illegal rogue sites.”

Over the 18 months of the website’s operation, the brothers earned approximately $150,000 in advertising revenue. Hop Hoang allegedly confirmed that the brothers generated traffic to the website through Google search ads.

Subscribers could illegally access television shows like “How I Met Your Mother,” along with films such as “Black Swan,” “Tangled” and “Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows Part 1.”

The investigation was conducted by the eCrime Unit of the California Attorney General’s Office, California Highway Patrol, and REACT, a law enforcement task force located in Santa Clara, CA specializing in investigating technology crimes and identity theft. The Attorney General’s eCrime Unit conducted the forensic analysis of the computer seized during a search and is prosecuting the case.

In 2011, Attorney General Harris created the eCrime Unit to identify and prosecute identity theft crimes, cybercrimes and other crimes involving the use of technology.

The charges in the complaints are only allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless they are proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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

There has been a recent burglary trend in the Ventura County area targeting residential and commercial structures, which are undergoing fumigation.

Several residences and commercial buildings in the Ventura County area have been burglarized after being “tented” for fumigation. The structures are being targeted between the time the buildings are covered with the tent and when the tent is removed. The suspects have been cutting the tents and forcing entry into the structures, stealing jewelry, money and electronics.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office would like to warn residents and business owners of this current trend and to take any necessary precautions from becoming victimized. We recommend residents remove any money, jewelry or other items of value from the home that can be taken with you while your residence or building undergoes fumigation.

Nature of Incident: Burglary trend
Report Number:
Location: Ventura County
Date & Time:
Unit(s) Responsible: Ventura County Sheriff’s Office
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
N/A [City] [Age]
Prepared by: Sgt. Jason Robarts #2948
Media Release Date: June 14th, 2013
Follow-Up Contact: Sgt. Jason Robarts #2948
Approved by: Captain Cory Rubright

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).

 
Brandon Wimsatt
Brandon Wimsatt

On May 28, 2013, Burlington Coat Factory received a telephonic bomb threat. Several patrol units from the Thousand Oaks Police Department responded and searched the business with the help of store management. No bomb or suspicious packages were located.

Detectives from the Thousand Oaks Police Department Investigations Unit conducted an investigation and learned Brandon Wimsatt’s telephone was used to call in the false bomb threat. The investigation also revealed Wimsatt took steps to hide his phone number from being discovered.

On June 11, 2013, Thousand Oaks detectives located Wimsatt in the City of Thousand Oaks. Wimsatt was arrested for Falsely Reporting a Bomb to a Business. Wimsatt was booked into the Ventura County Pre-Trial Detention Facility in Ventura and his bail was set at $10,000.

Nature of Incident: Burlington Coat Factory Bomb Threat
Report Number: 13-11798
Location: City of Thousand Oaks
Date & Time: May 28, 2013 @ 5:00 PM
Unit Responsible: East County Investigations Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) Brandon Wimsatt
(V) Burlington Coat Factory Thousand Oaks, CA 23
Prepared by: Detective Tim Lanquist
Media Release Date: June 11, 2013
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Tim Lanquist
805-494-8211 / timothy.lanquist@ventura.org
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).

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

On May 20, 2013, Camarillo High School Officials received an accusation that Associate Principal Felix “David” Gallegos was involved in offensive behavior on the school campus. School officials immediately placed Gallegos on administrative leave and then reported the information to the Camarillo Police Department.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit conducted an investigation into the allegations. Two separate victims, one adult female staff member and one juvenile female student, each claimed that Gallegos had inappropriately touched them while on the school campus. These were separate incidents and the two victims were unaware the other had been victimized until the crimes were reported.

On June 5, 2013, Gallegos was arrested on four misdemeanor counts of child molestation and one misdemeanor count of sexual battery. Gallegos was booked into the Ventura County Pre-Trial Detention Facility on $30,000.00 bail. He is scheduled to appear in Ventura County Superior Court on June 6, 2013.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office would like to point out that Oxnard Union High School District officials fully cooperated with the investigation in a desire to learn the truth about these allegations.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office is asking that anyone with information about these crimes contact Detective Greg Guilin at (805) 384-4725. For those who wish to remain anonymous, Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against persons responsible for these types of crimes. These calls are not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

Nature of Incident: School Official Arrested for Child Molestation and Sexual Battery
Report Number: 13-10592, 13-10099
Location: Camarillo High School, 4660 Mission Oaks Blvd, Camarillo, CA
Date & Time: June, 5, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.
Unit(s) Responsible: Camarillo Police Department
Ventura County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence
(S) Felix David Gallegos Camarillo
Prepared by: Sergeant Jeff Miller
Media Release Date: June 5, 2013
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Greg Guilin
(805) 384-4725, gregory.guilin@ventura.org
Approved by: Captain Chris Dunn

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

On June 3, 2013, the Thousand Oaks Police Department received information that a local travel soccer team trainer/coach was having sexual relations with a minor.

Detectives followed-up on the report and conducted several interviews with both the victim and suspect. At the conclusion of the investigation, Christopher Capellini was arrested for the allegation and booked into custody at the East County Sheriff’s Jail in Thousand Oaks.

Nature of Incident: Local Travel Soccer Team Trainer Arrested for Sexual Assault
Report Number: RB#13-12236
Location: City of Thousand Oaks
Date & Time: June 6, 2013 @ 5:50 pm
Unit Responsible: East County Major Crimes Sexual Assault Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(A) Capellini, Christopher, Camarillo, 25
(V) Juvenile female, 16
Prepared by: Sgt. Robert Fleming
Media Release Date: June 7, 2013
Follow-Up Contact: Det. Eric Taylor (805) 371-8397
Approved by: Captain Melissa Smith

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).

 
Daryl Westerback, Thousand Oaks, 55
Daryl Westerback, Thousand Oaks, 55

On March 8, 2013, Dr. Daryl Westerback was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs and felony child endangerment when he was involved in a traffic collision in the City of Thousand Oaks.

On June 5, 2013, Dr. Westerback was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs after he was seen by a narcotics detective exhibiting a driving pattern consistent with impaired driving. Dr. Westerback was interviewed by members of the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit and the investigation revealed he had been treating patients while impaired due to prescription drug use. The investigation also revealed evidence of potential improper prescribing practices. At least one death related to his practice is being investigated.

The California Medical Board and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration are assisting in the investigation.

The Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit is a newly formed task force which is comprised of members of law enforcement from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, Simi Valley Police Department, and Ventura County District Attorney’s Office. The unit’s responsibilities include investigating crimes relating to prescription drug misuse, abuse, and sales. A primary mission of the unit is investigating doctors and pharmacists who have abandoned their duties related to their profession and have become engaged in criminal activity. The unit spawned out of the realization that prescription drug abuse leads to heroin abuse, which unfortunately, all too often, leads to death. Rogue doctors and pharmacists are frequently the source of supply for prescription drug abusers.

Nature of Incident: Thousand Oaks Doctor Arrested Twice in Past Three Months
Report Number: 13-5170 and 13-12399
Location: Thousand Oaks, CA
Date & Time: March 8, 2013 and June 5, 2013
Unit Responsible: Thousand Oaks Patrol and Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) Daryl Westerback Thousand Oaks 55
Prepared by: Assistant Sheriff Gary Pentis
Media Release Date: June 11, 2013
Follow-Up Contact: Assistant Sheriff Gary Pentis
(805) 383-8784
gary.pentis@ventura.org
Captain Don Aguilar
(805) 797-7349
don.aguilar@ventura.org

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

Camarillo Patrol Deputies arrested two adults and one male juvenile for a string of vehicle burglaries in Camarillo this morning.

At 5:00 AM, deputies responded to a call of subjects breaking into vehicles in the 700 block of Mobil Avenue, in Camarillo. When deputies arrived in the area, they saw a male juvenile who immediately fled on foot. After a short search of the area, deputies located all three subjects. The subjects were arrested and found to be in possession of a large quantity of stolen property.

Camarillo Detectives interviewed the suspects and learned they have been stealing property from unlocked vehicles or “car hopping” for several months. They admitted to opening at least 20-30 cars a night, throughout the city, over the last two months. Detectives are still trying to identify all of the victims. If you have been a victim of a theft from your vehicle and have not reported it to the police, please contact Detective Scott Norris (805)388-5120 or Detective Robert Shirk (805)388-5157.

Tyler Buchanon and Patrick Sturm were booked at the Ventura County Jail for burglary, possession of stolen property and conspiracy. The male juvenile was cited for theft and released to a relative.

The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the public to remove any items of value from their vehicle and ensure the vehicles doors are locked. These crimes are examples of “crimes of opportunity” and could have possibly been prevented. More importantly, we would like to thank the public for reporting this crime and encourage others to call the police anytime they observe suspicious subjects.

Nature of Incident: Two Adults and One Juvenile Arrested for a Series of Vehicle Burglaries
Report Number: 130012497
Location: 700 Block of Mobil Avenue, Camarillo
Date & Time: June 7, 2013 at 5:00 AM
Unit(s) Responsible: Camarillo Detective Bureau
Prepared by: Sergeant Pete O’Sullivan
Media Release Date: June 7, 2013
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Scott Norris (805)388-5120
Detective Robert Shirk (805)388-5157
Approved by: Commander Guy Stewart

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).

 
Santa Paula Police Department
Santa Paula Police Department

On Saturday 6/1/13 at approximatley 2125 hours, officers from the Santa Paula Police Department were dispatched to the area of 12th Street and Corto Street for a report of a subject with a shotgun. Officers were advised the subject was firing the shotgun in the area of Corto Street and the river bottom and was leaving the area in a silver four door sedan. When officers arrived in the area they located a vehicle matching the description and conducted a stop of the vehicle. The vehicle was driven by Eliceo Varas and was also occupied by his wife, Kimberly Rodriguez, and their one week old son and three year old daughter.

The vehicle was stopped and Vargas and Rodriguez were detained for investigation. During the investigation Vargas was found to be in possession of a shotgun shell. While speaking with Vargas it was determined a shotgun was in the trunk of the vehicle. When the shotgun was recovered it was found to be less than 26" in length. During the investigation Vargas was also found to be under the influence of alcohol and unlicensed.

At the conclusion of the investigation Vargas was booked into Ventura County Main Jail for 246.3(a) PC; Discharge of a Firearm with Gross Negligence, 33215 PC; Possession of a Short Barreled Shotgun, 273a(a) PC; Child Endangerment, 23152(b) VC; Driving with a BAC of .08 or Higher, and 12500(a) VC; Driving without a Valid CDL.

Nature of Incident: Discharge of a Firearm with Gross Negligence Report number: SG1301027 Location: Santa Clara River Bottom at Corto Street Date & Time: Saturday, 06/01/2013 at approximatley 2125 hours Unit Responsible: Patrol Bureau
Suspect(s): 1 Victim(s): 2
Press Release prepared by: Sr. Officer Larry Johnson Date and Time release prepared: 06/03/13 at 1000 hours Follow-up contact/investigator: Approved By: Interim Chief Ismael Cordero #1038

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

Ojai Patrol Deputies became aware of illegal marijuana sales advertised on Craigslist. The seller was contacted and arrested for a misdemeanor warrant. An illegal marijuana cultivation was discovered in the suspect’s residence.

On 5/28/2013, Ojai Patrol Deputies saw an advertisement on Craigslist offering marijuana for sale. Through investigation, deputies were able to identify the seller, William Pollick, and found he had a misdemeanor warrant for his arrest. Pollick was contacted at his residence in the 400 Block of Mesa St in the community of Meiner’s Oaks. At this time deputies found one room of the residence contained a sophisticated marijuana growing operation with 21 marijuana plants. Narcotics Detectives were summoned and a Search Warrant was obtained for the residence. Pollick was subsequently arrested for the misdemeanor warrant and cultivation of marijuana. He was booked into the Sheriff’s Main Jail.

Nature of Incident: Marijuana cultivation investigation
Report Number: 13-11738
Location: 400 Block Mesa St, Meiner’s Oaks
Date & Time: 5/28/2013, 1000 hours
Unit(s) Responsible: Ojai patrol and Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
William Pollick Ojai 28
Prepared by: Sergeant Mike Horne
Media Release Date: 5/29/2013
Follow-Up Contact: Captain Don Aguilar
805-797-7349
Don.aguilar@ventura.org
Approved by: Captain Luis Obregon

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

On May 21, 2013, the City of Thousand Oaks Special Enforcement / Gang Unit concluded a two month graffiti investigation with the arrest of two juveniles.

During the latter part of March through the middle of May, the City of Thousand Oaks Public Works Department removed graffiti from 27 different locations around the City. All of this graffiti was associated with a particular tagging crew. The graffiti was applied on the street, sidewalks, trees, curbs, block walls, city signs, guardrails, business walls, mailboxes, utility boxes, and bus stops. Spray paint was used on all occasions. In all, the estimated cost of clean-up to the City of Thousand was approximately $5,000.

The investigation revealed the above-mentioned graffiti was associated to two suspects. Detectives from the City of Thousand Oaks Special Enforcement / Gang Unit interviewed the two suspects who took responsibility for their actions. Both juveniles were arrested for graffiti vandalism and released with a citation to their mothers. In addition to the graffiti vandalism, the 16-year-old juvenile was also arrested for being in possession of a knife on school grounds.

The following is an excerpt from the City of Thousand Oaks website, http://ci.thousand-oaks.ca.us/government/depts/police/default.asp

WHAT IS THE CITY DOING ABOUT GRAFFITI?
Graffiti hurts communities and impacts business. Studies show that quick removal of graffiti is an effective crime prevention tool. The City’s objective is to remove graffiti within 24 hours after being reported. Annually the City removes approximately 800 incidents of graffiti.

GRAFFITI TRACKING PROGRAM
Recently, the City implemented a graffiti tracking and intelligence system that has been successfully implemented in cities throughout California. The system is used by the Public Works Department and the Police Department to facilitate coordination between enforcement and cleanup.

Tracking graffiti helps to identify graffiti hot spots and targets specific incidents. When a vandal is prosecuted the cost of removal for each incident he/she is responsible for can be more easily identified allowing the City to recover the costs.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU SEE GRAFFITI IN THOUSAND OAKS
If you see graffiti report it immediately to our graffiti removal hotline (805) 449-2488 or send an email to the City at PublicWorksMSC@toaks.org. Please provide the following information:
 Address or street name and cross street of the incident. A detailed description will help crews locate the graffiti quickly.
 Structure type or object the graffiti is on.
 Your name and phone number in case crews are unable to locate the graffiti.

PRIVATE PROPERTY
The City, upon request, removes graffiti from private property free of charge. Before removing graffiti a hold harmless waiver must be signed by the property owner or authorized representative. Property owners that choose to remove graffiti themselves have five business days to complete the removal.

GRAFFITI IN COUNTY AREAS
Public Works crews do not remove graffiti in unincorporated County areas of the City. If graffiti is found outside City limits, the County is notified.

GRAFFITI ON FREEWAYS
Public Works crews investigate the 101 and 23 freeways for graffiti on a daily basis. If graffiti is found the California Department of Transportation (CalTrans) is notified.

Public or Private Property
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PublicWorksMSC@toaks.org
Freeways
Caltrans
(805) 389-1106 Water Channels
Ventura County Watershed Protection Agency
(805) 378-3033

Public Schools
Conejo Valley Unified School
District
(805) 498-4557 x201 Unincorporated Areas - Ventura County Road Maintenance
(805) 672-2131 Parks and Open Spaces - Conejo Recreation and Park District
(805) 495-6471
parks@crpd.org

Nature of Incident: Graffiti Vandalism Arrests
Report Number: 13-11253
Location: Multiple Locations in the City of Thousand Oaks
Date & Time: 3/20/13 through 5/16/13
Unit Responsible: City of Thousand Oaks, Special Enforcement Gang Unit
Prepared by: Sergeant Dan Hawes
Media Release Date: 05/29/2013
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Richard LaSecla (805) 371-8335
Approved by: Captain Luis Obregon

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 April 19, 2013, at approximately 2:40 P.M., a male victim was parked and waiting to pick up his younger brother from Thousand Oaks High School. The victim saw his brother walking east on Avenida De Las Flores and crossing Moorpark Road. A male juvenile, 14 years old, approached the victim’s younger brother and challenged him to a fight. The victim’s brother refused to fight. S-Felipe, brother of the male juvenile, arrived and joined the conversation. The victim exited his vehicle and went to his brother’s aide. S-Felipe threw a punch at the victim; the victim then punched S-Felipe in the face. The male juvenile then pulled a switchblade type knife from his pants pocket, and chased the victim with the knife in his hand. The victim and his brother were able to make their way back to their vehicle and leave the area. The victim did not sustain any injuries.

On April 30, 2013, at approximately 3:00 P.M., a male juvenile victim and a female friend walked from Thousand Oaks High School to Acorn Acres Park. While sitting on a park bench, the victim was approached by four subjects; two male juveniles, S-Felipe and S-Alvarez. S-Alvarez and S-Felipe claimed their gang and told the victim to fight one of the juveniles one on one. The victim refused to fight. One of the male juveniles approached the victim, claimed his gang, and then punched the victim in the face. S-Felipe and another male juvenile joined in and began punching the victim in the head and upper torso. After several minutes S-Alvarez ordered the beating to be stopped. The suspects stopped the beating, however, one of the male juvenile delivered one last kick to the victim’s rib cage.

The victim and his female friend walked back to Thousand Oaks High School to seek help. The victim did not seek medical attention.

On May 29, 2013, in the early morning hours, 20 law enforcement personnel from the City of Thousand Oaks Special Enforcement Unit, Detectives Bureau, and the Bike Patrol Unit executed search warrants at four residences in the City of Thousand Oaks.

As a result of the investigation, 4 suspects were arrested for the attack at Acorn Acres Park and 1 male juvenile was arrested for the Assault with a Deadly Weapon in the street.

The above suspects were arrested for a variety of charges that include; Gang conspiracy, assault with a deadly weapon, participation in a criminal street gang, willful harm or injury to a child, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor

The adult males were booked into the East County Jail, and the juveniles were lodged into the Juvenile Justice Facility.

Nature of Incident: Gang Related Search Warrants
Report Number: 13-9545 / 13-10856
Location: Acorn Acres Park, 2600 Block of N. Moorpark Road Thousand Oaks
Date & Time: 4/19/13 2:40 P.M. & 4/30/13 3:00 P.M.
Unit Responsible: City of Thousand Oaks, Special Enforcement Gang Unit
Prepared by: Sergeant Dan Hawes
Media Release Date: 05/29/2013
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Robert Brady (805) 371-8336
Approved by: Captain Luis Obregon

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 Tuesday morning (5-28-13), sometime between 3:00 and 4:00 a.m., an unknown person set fire to the residence at 69 Wales Street in the city of Thousand Oaks. No one was injured as a result of the fire and the circumstances surrounding the fire are being investigated by Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Bureau and Sheriff’s Arson Unit. Detectives are seeking the public’s help with any information about any suspicious activity or suspicious vehicles seen in or around the area before the fire. Anyone with information is encouraged to phone the Sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau at 805-379-8790 or provide the information through Crime Stoppers.

Nature of Incident: Suspicious Fire (Arson)
Report Number: 13-11737
Location: 69 Wales Street, Thousand Oaks, CA
Date & Time: 5/28/2013 between 3:00 and 4:00 AM
Unit Responsible:
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
Unknown
Prepared by: Sergeant Ian Laughlin
Media Release Date: 5-28-2013
Follow-Up Contact: Sheriff’s Major Crimes (805) 379-8790 or Crime Stoppers
Approved by: Chris Dunn, 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 May 22, 2013 Camarillo detectives and detectives from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, Special Crimes Unit, coordinated with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) to apprehend Gurgen Martirosyan and Vigen Manukyan for a series of residential burglaries that occurred in Ventura, Los Angeles and Orange counties.

On May 1, 2013 a burglary occurred at a residence in the 5000 block of Paseo Monteleno, in the Mission Oaks area of Camarillo. On May 9, 2013 a burglary occurred at a residence in the 5300 block of Fieldcrest Dr., also in the Mission Oaks area of Camarillo. Detectives from the Camarillo station began their investigation of the burglaries and discovered that during both crimes, the victims received a large number of missed calls from the same telephone number. The point of entry and the items taken were also very similar in nature.

Detectives learned that similar methods of operation were also used in burglaries in Thousand Oaks and Agoura Hills. During the ensuing investigation, detectives were able to identify Martirosyan and Manukyan as likely suspects in these serial crimes. After contacting numerous agencies in Los Angeles and Orange Counties, Camarillo detectives discovered the same method of operation had been used in burglaries in all three counties.

On May 22, 2013 at approximately 1200 PM Camarillo detectives’ notified detectives with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department of a potential residential burglary in progress in the 5800 block of Allott Ave., in the city of Van Nuys. Detectives with LASD, acting on information from the Camarillo detectives, located and arrested Martirosyan and Manukyan for an in progress Home Invasion Robbery in the 5800 block of Allott Ave., in the city of Van Nuys. Martirosyan was shot by a LASD deputy in his lower extremities during the apprehension and taken to a local hospital.

After the suspects were in custody, detectives from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Gang Unit and the Camarillo Special Enforcement Detail served simultaneous search warrants at Martirosyan’s residence in Arleta and at Manukyan’s residence in Glendale. Detectives located burglary tools, pepper spray, simulated weapons, and stolen property at both locations.

Martirosyan is currently on parole for being a felon in possession of a gun and was out on bail from another residential burglary that occurred in Pasadena in June of 2012. Martirosyan and Manukyan are both being held without bail in Los Angeles County for home invasion robbery.

Camarillo detectives obtained warrants for both subjects arrest for conspiracy, burglary and theft of a firearm for the crimes committed in Camarillo. Warrants for the crimes committed in the other jurisdictions are also expected.

The arrest of these serial burglars could not have been accomplished without the collective collaboration of all of the agencies and units combined.

Nature of Incident: Arrest of Serial Residential Burglary Suspects and Search Warrants
Report Number: 13-10270 and 13-9625
Location: Van Nuys, Arleta and Glendale, California
Date & Time: May 22, 2013 at 1230 PM
Unit(s) Responsible: Camarillo Detective Bureau
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) Martirosyan, Gurgen, Arleta, 28
(S) Manukyan, Vigen, Glendale, 28
Prepared by: Detective Sergeant Pete O’Sullivan
Media Release Date: May 24, 2013
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Greg Gibson (805) 388-5116
All follow-up regarding the arrest and officer involved shooting by LASD in Van Nuys should be referred to
LASD Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500
Approved by: Captain Bruce Macedo