Deputies Issue Coupons to Kids for Good Deeds
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

School’s out for summer and kids in Thousand Oaks may actually look forward to their next encounter with the “heat” this summer, thanks to 7-Eleven® stores’ popular Operation Chill program that rewards positive behavior with a very cool treat.

Through Operation Chill®, Thousand Oaks Station patrol officers can “ticket” youngsters caught in the act of doing good with Slurpee® beverage coupons. Appropriate “offenses” might include helping another person, deterring crime or participating in a positive activity in the community. Each coupon can be redeemed for a small Slurpee drink at participating 7-Eleven stores. The Thousand Oaks Police Bike Team began handing out the coupons in June this year to reward kids for wearing helmets while riding bicycles or skateboarding. The program is expanding to all Thousand Oaks Station patrol officers and is focusing on the summer and back to school months to promote good citizenship. The coupons are great for officers who are on patrol in the community. It’s an icebreaker, a way to encourage dialogue in a non-threatening, non-law enforcement situation.

Since its inception in 1995, Operation Chill has grown to include several hundred law enforcement agencies in the United States and Canada each year, and more than twelve million coupons have been distributed to officers on the beat in cities and towns where 7-Eleven does business.

Operation Chill was developed by 7-Eleven, Inc. to positively reward and encourage good behavior by kids during the hot summer months, when communities may experience increases in loitering, shoplifting and graffiti, and to support law enforcement agencies’ community relations projects. The Thousand Oaks Police Department uses the Operation Chill program to reward youth for their good deeds as well as to enhance their relations with the young people of their city.

Nature of Incident: “Operation Chill” in Effect. Deputies Issue Coupons to Kids for Good Deeds!
Report Number:
Location: Thousand Oaks, CA
Date & Time: July 2013
Unit Responsible: Thousand Oaks Police Department
Prepared by: Sergeant Romano Bassi
Media Release Date: June 27, 2013
Follow-Up Contact: Sgt. Romano Bassi (805) 449-2760
Approved by: Captain Jim Fryhoff

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 06-18-13 and 06-21-13, the Thousand Oaks Police Department responded to six separate armed street robberies throughout the city. In several of the crimes, a handgun was displayed by at least one of the suspects. It was determined the crimes were related and an investigation was immediately started.

Detectives identified a vehicle used in the crimes. The suspect vehicle had been previously reported stolen out of Ventura County. On 06-22-13, deputies from the Sheriff’s Gang Unit and Thousand Oaks Special Enforcement Unit located the vehicle in the unincorporated community of El Rio. They conducted a surveillance of the vehicle and saw that it was occupied by two male subjects who matched the description of the robbery suspects.

The vehicle was stopped and the occupants were arrested. The driver was identified as Daniel Alvarez and the passenger was a 14 year old juvenile. Their residences were searched and evidence related to the crimes was located.

Alvarez and the juvenile were initially booked on charges related to the stolen vehicle. The District Attorney’s Office later reviewed the cases and elected to file multiple robbery charges against Alvarez with an enhancement for committing them with the use of a firearm. The juvenile was also charged with committing armed robbery.

On 06-27-13, Alvarez is scheduled to be arraigned in Superior Court. He is currently in custody at the Main Jail with bail set at $500,000 dollars. The juvenile in this case is being lodged at Juvenile Hall.

Anybody with information regarding these crimes is encouraged to call Detective Welty at (805) 494-8224.

Nature of Incident: Thousand Oaks Robbery Suspects Arrested
Report Number: RB# 13-13452, 13-13454, 13-13584, 13-13742, 13-13743, 13-13746
Location: City of Thousand Oaks
Date & Time: 06-27-13 11:30 AM
Unit Responsible: East County Major Crimes, Thousand Oaks SEU, Sheriff’s Gang Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) Alvarez, Daniel, El Rio, 23
(S) Juvenile, El Rio, 14
Prepared by: Sergeant Alan Hartkop
Media Release Date: June 27, 2013
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Todd Welty (805) 494-8224
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).

 


 
05/28/13 to 06/03/13

05/28/13
Vandalism
700 Blk Sespe
300 Blk Central
Search Warrant
600 Blk Lemon Wy
900 Blk 3rd St.
200 Blk Cherrywood
N C St. / Ventura
Keep the Peace
400 Blk Santa Clara
Narcotics Violation
500 Blk Sespe
Elder Abuse
700 Blk 3rd St.
Stolen Vehicle
800 Blk Sespe
05/29/13
Robbery Alarm
500 Blk Sespe
Battery
500 Blk A St.
Elder Abuse
100 Blk B St.
05/30/13
Battery
900 Blk 5th St.
Search Warrant
250 W. Telegraph
900 Blk Santa Clara
500 Blk Finch
Theft Vehicle
1300 Blk Ventura
Vandalism
1100 Blk Oriole
05/31/13
Search Warrant
900 Blk 3rd St.
250 E. Telegraph
400 Blk Price
Vandalism
S C St. / River
Shots Fired
700 Blk Akers
600 Blk Shiells
Burglary Vehicle
1300 Blk Ventura
Prowler
250 E Telegraph
06/01/13
Stolen Vehicle
300 Blk Foothill
Search Warrant
400 Blk Fillmore
Shots Fired
Pacific RR Center
06/02/13
Stolen Vehicle
400 Blk 2nd St.
Fight
1100 Blk Mockingbird
Search Warrant
1100 Blk El Paseo
Vandalism
400 Blk Saratoga
Main St. / Saratoga

 


 
05/21/13 to 05/27/13

05/21/13
Prowler
400 Blk River
Theft Other
500 Blk Central
Stolen Vehicle
800 Blk Sespe
Search Warrant
500 Blk Ventura
05/22/13
Dead Body
500 Blk Main
Vandalism
1100 Blk El Paseo
05/23/13
Vandalism
300 Blk Main
Theft ID
1100 Blk Oriole
Threats
400 Blk Central
Drunk in Public
600 Blk Via Rodeo
Keep the Peace
500 Blk Sespe
Search Warrant
100 Blk Sespe
05/24/13
Narcotics Violation
300 Blk Fillmore
Theft Vehicle
1300 Blk Ventura
Theft Residential
800 Blk Hinckley
Keep the Peace
500 blk Sespe
Theft Other
200 Blk Central
500 Blk A Street
600 Blk Ventura
Drunk in Public
800 Blk Hume
Vandalism
300 Blk Blaine
05/25/13
ADW
Fillmore St. / Santa Clara
Theft Residential
200 Blk N. C St.
Fight
Glen Way / Sespe
05/26/13
Keep the Peace
800 Blk Goodenough
Search Warrant
300 Blk Bard (2)
Battery
1000 Blk Ortega
Drunk in Public
600 Blk Ventura
05/27/13
Burglary Residential
1000 Blk B St.
Cruelty to Animals
700 Blk 4th St.
Keep the Peace
500 Blk Sespe

 


 
04/30/13 to 05/06/13

04/30/13
Theft Other
600 Blk Ventura
Shiells Park
Vandalism
400 Blk Central
Threats
400 Blk Fillmore
05/01/13
Burglary Residential
500 Blk Kensington
Keep the Peace
200 Blk Foothill (2)
SearchWarrant
800 Blk Wileman
Fight
900 Blk Wileman
05/02/13
Search Warrant
300 Blk Clay St.
05/03/13
Theft Other
250 E. Telegraph
05/04/13
Theft Residential
400 Blk Santa Clara
Vandalism
N C St. / Old Telegraph
Dead Body
200 Blk Blaine
Keep the Peace
600 Blk Ventura
Burglary Vehicle
600 Blk Lemon Way
05/05/13
Stolen Vehicle
400 Blk Santa Clara
Vandalism
300 Blk Blaine
Drunk in Public
Shiells Park
05/06/13
Shots Fired
B St. / Blaine
Narcotics Violation
300 Blk Fillmore
Keep the Peace
900 Blk 1st St.

 


 
04/23/13 to 04/29/13

04/23/13
Search Warrant
1000 Blk Tudor
Cruelty to Animals
500 Blk Stephens
Theft Other
800 Blk Edison
04/24/13
Search Warrant
200 Blk Olive
Battery
500 Blk A St.
Theft Other
300 Blk Santa Clara
Narcotics Violation
900 Blk Wileman
04/25/13
Cruelty to Animals
500 Blk Stephens
Vandalism
400 Blk Fillmore
Threats
300 Blk Clay
Violation of Restraining Order
400 Blk Saratoga
Fight
300 Blk Market
Theft Vehicle (2)
500 Blk Ventura
04/26/13
Vandalism
300 Blk Blaine (2)
200 Blk 3rd St.
Two Rivers Skatepark
Theft Other
400 Blk Blaine
250 E. Telegraph
500 Blk Sespe
04/27/13
Vandalism
1st St. / Saratoga
Cruelty to Animals
100 Blk Main
Threats
300 Blk Central
Search Warrant
900 Blk Lewis
700 Blk Blaine
900 Blk Sespe
900 Blk 1st St.
700 Blk Blaine
500 Blk Finch
Fight
Mt. View / S. Pacific
Shots Fired
A St. / Goodenough
Dead Body
800 Blk River
04/28/13
Trespass
300 Blk Central
Vandalism
100 Blk Sespe
Search Warrant
700 Blk Sespe
Theft Other
700 Blk Akers
60 Blk Reading
04/29/13
Vandalism
Shiells Park
ID Theft
250 E. Telegraph
Burglary Vehicle
700 Blk B St.
400 Blk Cook
Vandalism
1st St. / Meadowlark
Battery
500 Blk Central
Threats
300 Blk Central

 
04/16/13 to 04/22/13

04/16/13
Burglary Vehicle
5000 Blk Ventura
04/17/13
Search Warrant
500 Blk Finch Ct.
800 Blk 4th St.
Fight
500 Blk Central
Trespass
200 Blk A St.
Vandalism
200 Blk Sespe
Stolen Vehicle
300 Blk Central
Threats
200 Blk A St.
Vandalism
400 Blk Saratoga
04/18/13
Search Warrant
300 Blk 2nd St.
300 Blk Bard
300 Blk Market
700 Blk Santa Clara
900 Blk 3rd st.
500 Blk Sespe
Keep the Peace
3rd St. / Lemon Way
Indecent Exposure
Carriage Pl. / River
04/19/13
Vandalism
2nd St. / Saratoga
Cruelty to Animals
500 Blk Saratoga
Burglary Residential
600 Blk Mt. View
04/20/13
Vandalism
1000 Blk 1st St.
Keep the Peace
500 Blk Sespe
Search Warrent
800 Blk 2nd St.
Buglary Vehicle
900 Blk Meadowlark
Robbery
500 Blk Sespe (2)
Narcotics Violation
1st St. / Meadowlark
04/21/13
Keep the Peace
200 Blk Santa Clara
Cruelty to Animals
1300 Blk Ventura
Threats
600 Blk Country Ct.
04/22/13
Search Warrant
300 Blk 2nd St.
400 Blk Fillmore
300 Blk Santa Clara
Indecent Exposure
600 Blk Ventura

 
04/09/13 to 04/15/13

04/09/13
Theft Other
600 Blk Old Telegraph
600 Blk Ventura
400 Blk Clay St.
700 Blk Balden
Search Warrant
600 Blk Maple Ct.
Vandalism
500 Blk Central
900 Blk Arrasmith
Fight
700 Blk Edison
Theft Residential
700 Balden Ln.
04/10/13
Burglary Vehicle
400 Blk 4th St.
Battery
500 Blk A St.
Threats
500 Blk A St.
Trespass
300 Blk D St. (2)
Theft Other
600 Blk Boulder
Fight
100 Blk Sespe
04/11/13
Theft Residential
200 Blk Clay St.
Robbery
500 Blk Sespe
Battery
800 Blk Goodenough
04/12/13
Theft Other
200 Blk Clay St.
Santa Clara / Ventura
Vandalism
1200 Blk Los Serenos
Keep the Peace
300 Blk Saratoga
04/13/13
Vandalism
700 Blk Blaine
300 Blk Main St.
700 Blk Akers St.
Search Warrant
800 Blk 2nd St.
Theft Other
500 Blk Sespe
Burglary
600 Blk Ventura
Battery
1000 Blk Candelaria
Fight
1st St. / Meadowlark
04/14/13
Search Warrant
800 Blk 2nd St.
Keep the Peace
200 Blk McNab
600 Blk Ventura
04/15/13
Trespass
200 Blk A St.
Fight
200 Blk A St.
Vandalism
300 Blk Main
Keep the Peace
700 Blk River

 
04/02/13 to 04/08/13

04/02/13
Vandalism
400 Blk River
Narcotics Violation
1st St. / Price
Threats
400 Blk 1st St.
04/03/13
prowler
500 Blk Kensington
Search Warrant
900 Blk Sespe (2)
Theft
600 Blk Ventura
04/04/13
Vandalism
700 Blk 4th St.
Glen Way / Ortega
04/05/13
Burglary
60 Blk E. Telegraph
Vandalism
800 Blk Ventura
Drunk in Public
700 Blk Ventura
Del Valle Dr. / Old Telegraph
Threats
400 Blk River
04/07/13
Narcotics Violation
B St. / Blaine
Drunk in Public
Shiells Park
Fight
800 Blk 4th St.
04/08/13
Battery
500 Blk Central
Theft ID
600 Blk Clay
Keep the Peace (2)
700 Blk Galvin
600 Blk Santa Clara
Vandalism
800 Blk Goodenough

 

SACRAMENTO, CA - Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced the seizure of nine firearms, including eight unregistered assault weapons, 20,000 rounds of ammunition and 100 large capacity magazines from an individual legally barred from possessing firearms due to prior felony convictions.

On Tuesday night, agents from the Attorney General’s Bureau of Firearms conducted an Armed and Prohibited Persons (APPS) investigation in Sacramento County involving Britton Edward McFetridge, 37, who was on probation due to a 2010 conviction for felony battery with serious bodily injury.

During a probation search of the basement at McFetridge’s home, agents located eight unregistered assault weapons, one bolt action rifle, eight large capacity drum magazines, 100 large capacity magazines and more than 20,000 large caliber rounds of ammunition. Agents determined the firearms had been illegally purchased within the last three to five years from private parties and that the magazines were illegally purchased online.

Later that evening, McFetridge was later arrested at his place of business in Sacramento and booked into the Sacramento County Jail on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of unregistered assault weapons, felon in possession of ammunition and large capacity magazines and violation of probation.

The APPS database cross-references five databases to find people who legally purchased handguns and registered assault weapons since 1996 with people who are prohibited from owning or possessing firearms. California is the first and only state in the nation to establish an automated system for tracking handgun and assault weapon owners who might fall into a prohibited status.

Photos of weapons seized during this investigation are attached to the electronic version of this release at: http://oag.ca.gov/news

 

Madera - After a rash of suspicious fires, CAL FIRE law enforcement officers Tuesday night arrested a Yosemite Lakes Park couple on suspicion of dozens of arson fires. Kenneth Alan Jackson, 40 and Allison Marie Waterman, 46, both of Coarsegold, were booked into the Madera County Jail for arson. Jackson is being charged with 31 counts of arson, resisting arrest, as well as attempted battery on a peace officer. Waterman was booked on a single charge of arson.

“The Yosemite Lakes Park community has been threatened by countless wildfires over the past several months that we believe were a result of arson,” said Chief Nancy Koerperich, CAL FIRE Unit Chief for the Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit. “We appreciate the community’s support and assistance as we worked to track down these suspects.”

CAL FIRE law enforcement officers work diligently in arson cases to aggressively investigate and prosecute those suspected of intentionally starting fires. Numerous agencies assisted in the investigation and arrest including the Madera County Sheriff’s Department, Madera County District Attorney’s Office and the Yosemite Lakes Park security staff.

As fire danger remains extreme across California, arson is a major threat to both life and property. Residents should be vigilant in their preparedness and aware of suspicious persons when a fire does start. If you witness someone suspicious make note of the time, his or her physical description, as well as any vehicle description, including the license plate number. Always contact law enforcement, never approach a suspicious person. Anyone with information about arson is urged to contact the CAL FIRE Arson Hotline at 1-800-468-4408. Callers can remain anonymous.

Yosemite Lakes Park is a community of approximately 1,900 homes in Madera County located between Yosemite National Park and Fresno, near the town of Coarsegold.

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

Monday morning, two men robbed the First Bank & Trust branch located at 2797 Agoura Road. The men entered the bank and jumped over the counter. They proceeded to open the cash drawers and took an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspects exited the bank and were last seen walking eastbound through the parking lot.

No one was injured during the robbery. The suspects were described as being black males, wearing gray colored hooded sweatshirts and dark colored pants.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact detectives with the Sheriff’s Office at (805) 494-8201.

Nature of Incident: Thousand Oaks Bank Robbery
Report Number: 13-13928
Location: First Bank & Trust, 2797 Agoura Road, Thousand Oaks CA
Date & Time: June 24, 2013 / 10:54 a.m.
Unit Responsible: East County Major Crimes Unit & Federal Bureau of Investigation
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(V) First Bank & Trust
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Sergeant Alan Hartkop
Media Release Date: June 24, 2013
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Todd Welty (805) 494-8224
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).

 
Adult Male, age 20-40
Adult Male, age 20-40
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Police ask anyone with information to contact them
Adult Male, age 20-40
Adult Male, age 20-40
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On May 24, 2013, the Thousand Oaks Police Department received information that an adult male entered the women’s locker room at the Gilbert Sports Arena at California Lutheran University (CLU). On June 12, 2013, the same male subject entered the women’s locker room and exposed himself.

The subject in the attached photos may have information that would assist the Thousand Oaks Police Department with the investigation. If anyone recognizes the subject from the attached photo, please contact Detective Taylor (805) 371-8397.

Nature of Incident: Disorderly Conduct and Indecent Exposure
Report Number: 13- 11523 / 13-12942
Location: California Lutheran University / Gilbert Sports Arena
Date & Time: May 22, 2013 @ 8:15 PM and June 12, 2013 at 8:00 PM
Unit Responsible: East County Major Crimes Sexual Assault Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) Adult Male Unknown 20-40
Prepared by: Detective Eric Taylor
Media Release Date: June 21, 2013
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Eric Taylor (805) 371-8397
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).

 
Rogelio Gutierrez, Gilroy, Ca, 33
Rogelio Gutierrez, Gilroy, Ca, 33

The suspect who was shot by deputies after he rammed his vehicle into a sheriff’s patrol unit and tried to run over a deputy last Saturday night was booked late Wednesday at the Pre-Trial Detention Facility in Ventura.

Rogelio Gutierrez was released from Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center in Thousand Oaks and immediately taken to the jail, where he was booked for attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, evading an officer, and reckless driving.

Gutierrez bail was set at $1,000,000.00. He is scheduled to appear in court on June 21, 2013 at 1:30 pm in Ventura.

Nature of Incident: Update to 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 Police Department Patrol
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) Rogelio Gutierrez Gilroy, Calif. 33
Prepared by: Sgt. Eric Buschow
Media Release Date: June 20, 2013
Follow-Up Contact: Sgt. Eric Buschow (805)947-8129
eric.buschow@ventura.org
Approved by: Captain J. Hernandez

 
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