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

After nearly five years as the chief of police of Moorpark, Captain Ron Nelson is moving to another assignment within the Sheriff’s Office beginning in January 2013.

Ron has not just been the chief of police of Moorpark. His hard work and dedication have been woven into the very fabric of the city itself.

Over the span of his career, Ron has left an indelible mark on the city. He began working as a patrol deputy assigned to Moorpark in 1989, and worked there for four years before being assigned as a detective in the city.

After working for several years as a detective and patrol supervisor, Ron returned again as the administrative sergeant for two years. Ron was also a resident of Moorpark for many years, so he has developed a personal connection with the city.

As the chief of police, Ron has helped steer Moorpark to an overall drop in crime of 34% in the past five years. He has strengthened partnerships with the community and increased the Volunteers in Policing program.

When Ron began his tenure as chief of police, the biggest complaint he received from residents was about graffiti. In 2007, there were 212 reports of graffiti in the city. So far in 2012, there have been 43 reports of graffiti, thanks to an anti-graffiti program he helped develop.

Mayor Janice Parvin, while saddened to see Ron move on, expressed her appreciation for all that’s been accomplished through his leadership. She noted he was recognized as Public Servant of the Year in 2010 by the Moorpark Chamber of Commerce. Mayor Parvin especially enjoyed that Captain Nelson had really immersed himself in the community. He attended almost every community event to support and help out even when his attendance as chief of police didn’t require it. She noted that Ron is the kind of person that is always there to serve the community.

Ron leaves behind some very big shoes to fill, and selecting the right person to be chief of police has not been an easy one. After considering qualified candidates recommended by Sheriff Dean, City Manager Steve Kueny has selected Captain Steve Wade.

Captain Wade has more than 33 years of dedicated service with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, and Steve will bring tremendous operational experience to the city. Steve currently manages the Investigations Bureau at the East County Sheriff’s Station, as well as the Special Enforcement Unit assigned to the city of Thousand Oaks.

Steve has a diverse law enforcement background in a variety of disciplines from tactical operations to strategic planning.

He has many years of SWAT and K-9 experience, as well as managing the Sheriff’s Headquarters Patrol Station and the Pre-Trial Detention Facility, where he managed hundreds of personnel and multi-million-dollar budgets.

Steve has collaborated with many private and public organizations to enhance the delivery of law enforcement services to communities throughout Ventura County.

The transition will take place during the next two months, with Captain Steve Wade assuming the responsibilities of chief of police sometime in January 2013.

Nature of Incident: Moorpark Police Chief Moving to New Assignment
Location: Moorpark Police Department 610 Spring Road, Moorpark, CA
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Sgt. Eric Buschow
Media Release Date: Nov. 12, 2012
Follow-Up Contact: Cmdr. Brent Kerr (805)371-8323
Approved by: Sheriff Geoff Dean / City Manager Steve Kueny

 


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

On November 8, 2012, at 12:26 PM, Moorpark patrol deputies responded to a call of a theft that had just occurred in the 4300 block of Lantern Lane in the City of Moorpark. Jonathon Dixon had been going door to door in the residential neighborhood selling cleaning products when he stole mail near the front door of a home. Deputies detained Dixon nearby on Laurelhurst Road and recovered the stolen mail. He was arrested for theft and booked at the East County Jail. The quick response and arrest of Mr. Dixon, along with the recovery of the stolen mail, would not have been possible without the help of alert residents in the area who noticed the suspicious behavior. In addition to the theft crime, it was discovered that Mr. Dixon and several others were soliciting door to door without the proper City “Solicitor’s Permit.”

Commercial solicitors going door to door in the City of Moorpark are required to have a “Solicitors Permit,” which can be obtained at Moorpark City Hall. The solicitor’s permit must be worn on the outer most garment, and clearly indicates that it was issued by the City of Moorpark. Residents are reminded to be careful when dealing with door-to-door solicitors, and to call law enforcement if they believe the solicitors are selling without the proper permits, or may be involved in other criminal activity. The fact a solicitor has a permit does not mean the solicitor may not have criminal intentions, but it does aid law enforcement in the event crimes occur.

Nature of Incident: Arrest of Theft Suspect
Report Number: 12-25100
Location: 13300 Block Laurelhurst Road, Moorpark
Date & Time: November 8, 2012 / 12:26 PM
Unit Responsible: Moorpark Patrol
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
Jonathon Dixon Missouri 20
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Captain Ron Nelson
Media Release Date: November 8, 2012
Follow-Up Contact: Captain Ron Nelson (805) 532-2705
Approved by: Captain Cory Rubright

 


 
Delgado, Andrew - Camarillo Heights - 18 years old
Delgado, Andrew - Camarillo Heights - 18 years old

Nature of Incident:

Report Number: Arrest of Suspect for Cruelty of Animals / Dog Arson Case

12-24101

Location:
1000 – block of Mesa Drive, Camarillo Heights (Unincorporated Area)

Date & Time:
November 8, 2012 @ 10:30 a.m.

Unit Responsible:
Sheriff’s Detectives
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) Delgado, Andrew Camarillo Heights 18
Narrative:

An 18-year-old Camarillo Heights resident was arrested Thursday for arson and animal cruelty after investigators determined he was responsible for deliberately setting fire to a dog on Oct. 27, 2012.

The suspect, Andrew Delgado, had doused his family’s three-year-old Basset hound, Buddy, with lighter fluid and ignited the dog in a ravine near his home. The dog later died as a result of severe burns he suffered during the incident.

Initial responding deputies, detectives, and the Ventura County Fire Department’s arson investigator conducted a thorough investigation in this case. After extensive interviews with witnesses and analysis of evidence collected at the scene, investigators identified Delgado as the suspect.

Sheriff’s deputies arrested Delgado at his home Thursday. Investigators interviewed him and he admitted he was responsible for committing the crime. Delgado did not say why he burned his family’s dog, but said he was under the influence of drugs at the time.

Delgado was booked at the Pre-Trial Detention Facility in Ventura with bail set at $35,000. He is scheduled to appear in Ventura County Superior Court on Nov. 13, 2012 at 1:30 p.m.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Ventura County Fire Department’s arson investigators as well as the residents of Camarillo for their support during this investigation.

Deputy Preparing Media Release: Sergeant Eric Buschow
Media Release Date: November 9, 2012
Follow-Up Contact: Sergeant Eric Buschow (805)947-8129
Captain Don Aguilar (805)797-7349
Approved by: Captain Don Aguilar

 


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

On October 23, 2012, a victim hired Flat Rate Movers, based out of Atlanta, Georgia, to move property from the victim’s former residence in Georgia to the victim’s new residence in Thousand Oaks, California. After the company took possession of the victim’s property, company personnel notified the victim of a delay in the transportation of her property and thousands of dollars in additional charges that had not been included in the original contract. Fearing she would not receive her property, the victim paid the additional money.

On November 4, 2012, a driver for Flat Rate Movers, (S) Jack Romanski, spoke with the victim by telephone. Romanski advised that several thousand more dollars were required or he would not deliver the victim’s property. Romanski told the victim that failure to pay the money would result in the victim never seeing the property again. He also warned the victim not to call the police. Investigation also led to the discovery that Flat Rate Movers LLC has a long history of customer complaints.

On November 4, 2012, Thousand Oaks Police Officers located Romanski and arrested him. The victim’s property was also recovered.

On November 6, 2012, Romanski was arraigned in Ventura County Superior Court on one felony count of extortion. He remains in custody at the Ventura County Pre-Trial Detention Facility on $10,000.00 bail.

The Thousand Oaks Police Department would like to warn its citizens to use caution when choosing a moving company. It is recommended that those preparing to hire a moving company go to www.protectyourmove.gov for helpful information.

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 these types of crimes. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

Nature of Incident: Florida Man Arrested in Moving Company Fraud

Report Number: 12-24781
Location: Thousand Oaks, CA
Date & Time: November 6, 2012
Unit Responsible: Thousand Oaks Police Department
Sheriff’s East County Major Crimes Unit

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) Romanski, Jack - Earlton, Florida - 44
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Detective Todd Welty
Media Release Date: November 7, 2012
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Todd Welty / (805) 494-8224
Approved by: Captain Steve Wade

 

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

On November 5, 2012, at about 3:30 p.m. deputies from the Moorpark Patrol Station and officers from the California Highway Patrol responded to the area of Los Angeles Ave (S/R 118) and Grimes Canyon Road for a reported stabbing. Once on scene, officers discovered a 43 year old male with a stab wound to the chest. The suspected stabber, Paul Corona, was contacted at the scene and arrested for assault with a deadly weapon. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he underwent surgery for his wound. The victim and suspect apparently fought over a road rage incident. Information at the scene indicated a female in an older dark sedan may have witnessed all or part of the fight / stabbing. The Ventura County Sheriff's Office is looking for this woman or any other persons who may have witnessed the fight / stabbing.

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: Assault with a Deadly Weapon / Stabbing
Report Number: 12-24865
Location: S/R 118 at Grimes Canyon Road, Unincorporated area west of Moorpark
Date & Time: 11-5-12 @ 3:30 p.m.
Unit Responsible: Moorpark Patrol Station and East County Investigations
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) Paul Corona, Caldwell, Idaho, 52
(V) Male, Oxnard, 43
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Sergeant Victor Fazio
Media Release Date: 11-6-12
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Mike Ferguson (805) 494-8201
Approved by: Captain Ron Nelson

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

During the early morning hours, investigators from the Sheriff’s Gang Unit, Sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau, Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit, Sheriff’s Intelligence Unit, Thousand Oaks Police Department, Moorpark Police Department, and Fillmore Police Department served simultaneous search warrants at various locations in Oxnard regarding on open gang investigation. Evidence and information gathered from these search warrants will be used to further this investigation.

As a result of these warrants, investigators made several arrests for unrelated crimes. Investigators arrested Rudy Garcia for being under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Investigators arrested Oscar Puga for possession for sales of marijuana. Investigators arrested Albanely Garcia for possession of over 1 ounce of marijuana and arrested Henry Najera for illegal gun transfer/possession and child endangerment.

Nature of Incident: Gang Search Warrants
Report Number: 12-12124
Location: Various locations, Oxnard, Ca.
Date & Time: October 30, 2012
Unit Responsible: Sheriff’s Gang Unit/Sheriff’s Major Crimes
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
Rudy Garcia
Oscar Puga
Albanely Garcia
Henry Najera Oxnard
Oxnard
Oxnard
Oxnard 20
22
21
62

Deputy Preparing Media Release:
Sergeant Billy Hester
Media Release Date: October 30, 2012
Follow-Up Contact: Sergeant Billy Hester, (805) 384-4727
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

A man was killed Friday morning when he was pulled into an auger after his shirt got caught and wrapped around the machinery.

The 30-year-old Oxnard resident was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. The accident took place in an agricultural field just outside the city limits of Santa Paula off of Peck Road.

Several workers were using a tractor with the auger on the back to dig post holes along the edge of a field of row crops when the accident occurred.

Representatives from CAL-OSHA are investigating the accident. The man’s identity is being withheld pending notification of relatives.

Nature of Incident: Worker Killed in Industrial Accident
Report Number: 12-24611
Location: Agricultural field south of Peck Road near Santa Paula
Date & Time: Nov. 2, 2012 @ 8:00 a.m.
Unit Responsible: Ventura County Sheriff’s Office
Cal-OSHA
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
V- (unidentified) Oxnard 30
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Sgt. Eric Buschow
Media Release Date: Nov. 2, 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

Investigators assigned to the Camarillo Special Enforcement Detail recently received reports of a subject selling marijuana in the 700 block of Mobil Avenue, Camarillo. An investigation into this matter resulted in the identification of Camarillo resident Tyler Dornbos as the suspect in this case.

On November 03, 2012, a search warrant was served at Dornbos’ apartment located at 750 Mobil Avenue in Camarillo. The search resulted in the seizure of over 4 ounces of marijuana along with other evidence consistent with marijuana sales. Additionally, investigators later determined Dornbos knowingly furnished marijuana to a minor.

Dornbos was arrested and booked at the Ventura County Pre-Trial Detention Facility for furnishing marijuana to a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He remains in custody in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Nature of Incident: Narcotics Arrest
Report Number: 1221221212 12-24460
12-21953
Location: 700 block of Mobil Avenue, Camarillo, Ca.
Date & Time: November 03, 2012 @ 1:30 p.m.
Unit Responsible: Camarillo Police Department - Special Enforcement Detail
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) Dornbos, Tyler
Camarillo, Ca.
18
Deputy Preparing Media Release:
Sergeant John Gleason
Media Release Date: November 03, 2012
Follow-Up Contact: Deputy Francisco Jauregui (805) 947-8319
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

The Thousand Oaks Police Department’s Traffic Bureau is investigating a fatal traffic collision that occurred at the intersection of Westlake Boulevard and Bay Drive. Christian Eitelbach was riding his motorcycle northbound on Westlake Boulevard approaching the intersection at Bay Drive. Cindy Nah was driving her car southbound on Westlake Boulevard attempting to make a left turn onto Bay Drive. As Nah was making her left turn, Eitelbach entered the intersection and collided into the passenger side of Nah’s car.

Eitelbach and Nah were both treated at the scene, and then transported by ambulance to Los Robles Hospital. Shortly after arrival at the hospital, Eitelbach was pronounced deceased due to injuries he sustained during the collision. Nah was treated for minor injuries.

The cause of the accident is still being investigated. Witnesses also reported that another motorcycle rider was traveling northbound on Westlake Boulevard in the area of the collision and may have witnessed 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: Fatal Traffic Collision
Report Number: 12-24725
Location: Westlake Boulevard @ Bay Drive
Date & Time: November 3, 2012 at 2:31 pm
Unit Responsible: Thousand Oaks Police Department Traffic Bureau
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
Christian Eitelbach
Cindy Nah Thousand Oaks
Simi Valley 19
21
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Sergeant R. Harwood
Media Release Date: November 3, 2012
Follow-Up Contact: Sergeant R. Harwood 805 947-8243
Approved by: Captain Mike Hartmann

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

At about 11:50 a.m. on October 29, 2012, the Moorpark Police Department received a call of a robbery that occurred in the parking lot of 11 W. Moorpark Avenue. A single Hispanic male suspect brandished a handgun and demanded the victim’s money. A scuffle ensued over property before the suspect fled the scene with a female in a light colored sport utility vehicle. The suspect is described as about a 45 to 55 year old Hispanic male with black hair, about 5’6” tall and 200 pounds.

At about 8:40 p.m on October 30, 2012, the Moorpark Police Department received another call of a robbery at 75 East High Street. Two Hispanic males confronted a single male victim in the rear parking lot of Corrigans. One of the suspects brandished a handgun and demanded the victim’s money. The suspects obtained property from the victim and fled the scene in a light colored sport utility vehicle. The first suspect is described as about a 20 to 30 year old Hispanic male with black hair, about 5’5” tall and a slender build. The second suspect is described as an 18 to 20 year old Hispanic male with a shaved head, about 6’2” tall and 220 pounds.

Fortunately, nobody was injured in either of these incidents. As of this time, investigators have not determined whether the two crimes are connected. Anyone with information is asked to contact the 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 this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

Nature of Incident: Robbery Investigation
Report Numbers: 12-24227 & 12-24407
Locations: 11 W. Moorpark Avenue, Moorpark, CA
75 East High Street, Moorpark, CA
Dates & Times: October 29, 2012 @ 11:50 a.m.
October 30, 2012 @ 8:35 p.m.
Unit Responsible: Moorpark Police Department
Sheriff’s East County Major Crimes Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
Hispanic Male, Unknown, 45-50
Hispanic Male, Unknown, 18-20
Hispanic Male, Unknown, 20-30
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Sergeant Jeff Miller
Media Release Date: October 31, 2012
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Roger Kelley / (805) 494-8201
Approved by: Captain Ron Nelson

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

A three-year-old basset hound has died of injuries suffered early Saturday morning, when someone had poured lighter fluid on the animal and set it aflame in a ravine just outside the Camarillo city limit.

A neighbor saw a small fire in the ravine and contacted the Ventura County Fire Department. When firefighters arrived on scene to extinguish the fire, they found Buddy suffering from severe burns.

Arson investigators from the Ventura County Fire Department, as well as from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Bomb/Arson Unit initiated an investigation to determine who was responsible for this crime.

Investigators collected evidence from the scene and interviewed Buddy’s owner. No arrests have been made, and the investigation is continuing.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Detective Darren Smith at (805)383-8740.

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: Dog Dies From Injuries After Being Deliberately Set Aflame
Report Number: 12-24101
Location: 1000 – block of Mesa Drive, Camarillo Heights (Unincorporated Area)
Date & Time: Oct. 27, 2012 @ 3:20 a.m.
Unit Responsible: Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Bomb/Arson Unit
Ventura County Fire Department Arson Investigators
Ventura County Animal Services
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Sgt. Eric Buschow
Media Release Date: Oct. 30, 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

Three unidentified men confronted a woman at gunpoint inside her residence Tuesday morning during a home invasion robbery.

The victim’s husband had left for work just minutes before the suspects entered the home and confronted the woman, who was home alone.

The suspects wore ski masks and hooded sweatshirts. At least one of the men displayed a handgun during the robbery. The men left with jewelry and cash after tying up the victim. The woman was able to free herself after several minutes and call 9-1-1.

The victim was not injured during the robbery, and there is little known about the suspects at this time. They were described as black males, with no further details given, other than they drove away in a sedan in an unknown direction.

Anyone with information about this crime 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: Home Invasion Robbery
Report Number: 12-24328
Location: 3900 – block of Skelton Canyon Circle, Thousand Oaks, Ca.
Date & Time: Oct. 30, 2012 @ 6:45 a.m.
Unit Responsible: Thousand Oaks Police Department Investigations Bureau
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Sgt. Eric Buschow
Media Release Date: Oct. 30, 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

On October 25, 2012, at approximately 3:03 PM, the Camarillo Police Department and Ventura County Fire Department responded to the area of Gitana Ave. and Camarillo Springs Rd. to an injury traffic accident. Initial reports were that a vehicle had struck a pedestrian.

Upon investigation, it was determined by deputies that Frank Gallodoro was backing his 2003 Honda Accord out of the driveway of a private residence. The pedestrian, Susan Norman was behind the vehicle and was accidently hit. After striking Norman, the vehicle continued to travel, in reverse, and struck the carport area of a residence across the street. As the vehicle continued to reverse, it struck and severed the gas line of the other residence. Ventura County Fire Department personnel were able to turn off the gas upon their arrival and no evacuations were needed.

Norman was transported to Los Robles Regional Medical Center for injuries suffered to her legs. Gallodoro was not injured in the accident.

Nature of Incident: Injury Traffic Accident
Report Number: 12-23963 [RB#]
Location: 10 Block of Gitana Avenue
Date & Time: October 25, 2012, at approximately 3:03 PM
Unit Responsible: Camarillo Police Department
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
Party-Frank Gallodoro, Camarillo, 94
Victim-Susan Norman, Camarillo, 75
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Sergeant Renee Ferguson
Media Release Date: October 25, 2012
Follow-Up Contact: Camarillo Traffic Bureau (805) 388-5100
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).

 
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.

Special agents were CONTINUED »

 
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).