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
Enlarge Photo

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

 
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