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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

 


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

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

Nature of Incident: Suspicious Fire (Arson)
Report Number: 13-11737
Location: 69 Wales Street, Thousand Oaks, CA
Date & Time: 5/28/2013 between 3:00 and 4:00 AM
Unit Responsible:
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
Unknown
Prepared by: Sergeant Ian Laughlin
Media Release Date: 5-28-2013
Follow-Up Contact: Sheriff’s Major Crimes (805) 379-8790 or Crime Stoppers
Approved by: Chris Dunn, Captain

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

 


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

On May 22, 2013 Camarillo detectives and detectives from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, Special Crimes Unit, coordinated with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) to apprehend Gurgen Martirosyan and Vigen Manukyan for a series of residential burglaries that occurred in Ventura, Los Angeles and Orange counties.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

SACRAMENTO, CA - Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced the sentencing of three defendants in a human trafficking ring in which women from Mexico were used as prostitutes in five Northern California cities.

Nery Najarro-Rodriguez, 42, Jorge Perez-Hernandez, 37, and Luis Mata, 30, pled no contest to conspiracy to commit pimping and pandering as part of a multi-county investigation. The defendants were each sentenced in Sacramento County Superior Court to three years in county jail.

The charges stemmed from an extensive FBI investigation into a human trafficking network that spanned several northern California counties. Young women, ages 21 to 30, were trafficked from Mexico and sold for sex to as many as 20 clients in a single day. The sex acts occurred in brothels identified in Chico, Stockton, Yuba City, Fairfield and Sacramento.

“Human trafficking is a horrific crime that brutalizes millions of victims,” said Attorney General Harris. “It is important that we investigate, prosecute and imprison those who force this kind of cruelty and depravity upon women. These sentences send a message that human traffickers will be prosecuted and punished.”

In January, the FBI served arrest and search warrants at the brothel houses and recovered evidence which was presented to the Attorney General’s Special Crimes Unit. FBI surveillance showed that the women spent approximately one week at a particular brothel before being driven to a bus station or another brothel location.

Federal prosecutors have charged three additional defendants with harboring an alien and conspiracy to harbor an alien. That case is still pending.

California Department of Justice Special Agents obtained arrest warrants for five suspects on state conspiracy and pimping charges. Three of those five suspects were sentenced today. A fourth suspect, Adelaida Teran-Bravo, 42, was previously convicted of felony accessory and sentenced to six months in county jail. Charges against the fifth defendant, Garrido Fuentas, 32, are currently pending in Butte County Superior Court.

Last year, Attorney General Harris released The State of Human Trafficking in California 2012, a report that outlines the growing threat of the crime of human trafficking, as well as the increasing involvement of sophisticated transnational gangs in perpetrating the crime and the use of the Internet in both facilitating and preventing it.

For more information on human trafficking, go to: http://www.oag.ca.gov/human-trafficking

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

On 05-24-13, Investigators with the Thousand Oaks Fraud & Forgery Unit concluded an identity theft investigation by arresting Kyle Zimmerman at the Ana Mesa Inn #207 in the city of Costa Mesa.

The investigation started after a city of Thousand Oaks resident reported to the police that somebody attempted to open several credit card accounts using their personal identifying information. The suspect also accessed the victim’s checking account and transferred out money.

Through the investigation, a person believed to be responsible for the crime was identified and a search warrant was served on his residence. Evidence related to this incident and possibly other identity theft related crimes was located inside the suspect’s residence. Follow-up work by investigators will be completed to determine if there are other victims, which warrant additional charges against the suspect.

Kyle Zimmerman was arrested for Identity Theft and booked into the East County Jail. His bail is currently set at $50,000 dollars pending his arraignment in Superior Court.

The Thousand Oaks Police Department would like to remind its residents to frequently check their credit reports and to monitor their savings/checking accounts for unauthorized activity and to report any suspicious activity to the police.

Nature of Incident: Identity Theft Arrest
Report Number: RB# 13-8732
Location: Ana Mesa Inn #207, 3597 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa CA
Date & Time: 05/24/13 @ 08:30 AM
Unit Responsible: Thousand Oaks Fraud & Forgery Unit, Thousand Oaks Special Enforcement Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) Kyle Zimmerman Costa Mesa 27
Prepared by: Sergeant Alan Hartkop
Media Release Date: May 24, 2013
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Sean Britt @ (805)494-8232
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 Sunday evening at approximately 9:20 p.m., Carlos Perez was driving a 1982 Datsun 280ZX north on A Street when he failed to stop or slow for the stop signed intersection at First Street and he collided with the rear end of Martha Sandoval’s 2005 Honda Accord. Prior to the collision, Martha Sandoval was going north on A Street and she was accelerating away from the stop sign at First Street to continue north.

Perez’ Datsun sustained major front end damage from the collision and was no longer operable. He fled the crash scene on foot running south on A Street. Martha Sandoval’s Honda sustained moderate rear end damage, but was still drivable. She pursued Perez in her car while calling 9-1-1 for assistance. Responding deputies from the Fillmore Station captured Perez on Sespe Avenue east of A Street.

The investigation established that Perez had been driving while under the influence of alcohol. A passenger in Martha Sandoval’s Honda was injured as a result of the collision. Joanna Sandoval, 7 mos. pregnant, was admitted at the Ventura County Medical Center for observation. Perez was arrested and he completed a blood test. He was then booked at the Sheriff’s Pre Trial Detention Facility for Driving under the Influence of Alcohol Causing Injury and Hit and Run with Injury.

Nature of Incident: Driving Under the Influence / Injury Hit And Run Traffic Collision
Report Number: RB# 13-11668
Location: A Street at First Street, Fillmore
Date & Time: May 26, 2013, 9:21 p.m.
Unit Responsible: Fillmore Police Department / Patrol Services
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (W)itnesses (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) Carlos Perez. Los Angeles, 44
(V) Joanna Sandoval, Santa Paula, 29
(V) Martha Sandoval, Santa Paula, 49
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Craig Smith, Sergeant
Media Release Date: 05/27/2013
Follow-Up Contact: Craig Smith, Sergeant 805-524-2233
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

On Sunday night at approximately 6:34 p.m., a 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser driven by Carlos Pineda was westbound on Old Telegraph Road when it made an unsafe turning movement leaving the roadway and colliding with a raised curb, a drainage culvert, and a tree. Pineda refused medical treatment at the scene. The passenger in Pineda’s vehicle, Olga Rodriguez, was transported to the Santa Paula Emergency Room for injuries sustained during to the collision.

Deputies from the Fillmore Police Department responded to the collision. Their investigation resulted in Pineda being arrest for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and Causing Injury. Pineda consented to a blood test and was later booked into the Ventura County Jail.

Nature of Incident: Driving Under the Influence Traffic Collision
Report Number: RB# 13-11662
Location: Old Telegraph Road west of “C” Street, Fillmore
Date & Time: May 26, 2013, 6:34 p.m.
Unit Responsible: Fillmore Police Department / Patrol Services
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (W)itnesses (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) Carlos Pineda, Fillmore, 37
(V) Olga Rodriguez, Fillmore, 45
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Oren Ryerson, Deputy Sheriff
Media Release Date: 05/27/2013
Follow-Up Contact: Oren Ryerson, Deputy Sheriff 805-524-2233
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).

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

The Peace Officers Association of Ventura County (P.O.A.V.C.) will be presenting the 2013 Peace Officers Memorial on May 23rd at the Ventura County Government Center to honor, remember, and respect all Ventura County peace officers killed in the line of duty. The event is open to the public.

Sheriff’s Commander Rick Barrios is president of the P.O.A.V.C., which includes representatives from all law enforcement agencies throughout Ventura County. This annual event is widely attended by law enforcement officers, families of fallen officers, friends, colleagues, public safety representatives, and dignitaries. It is an opportunity for people to come together and share support for local law enforcement, whose officers gave their lives protecting our communities.

The schedule of events start at 10 a.m. with the memorial that will include guest speaker Lisa Simmons, widow of fallen Los Angeles Police Department S.W.A.T. Officer Randy Simmons. The tribute will also include the release of doves, a rifle salute, and a helicopter fly over.

Nature of Incident: Ventura County Peace Officers Memorial
Location: Ventura County Government Center – Peace Officers Monument
Date & Time: Thursday, May 23 at 10:00 a.m.
Unit(s) Responsible: Sheriff’s Administration
Prepared by: Captain Don Aguilar
Media Release Date: May 16, 2013
Follow-Up Contact: Captain Don Aguilar
(805) 797-7349
don.aguilar@ventura.org
Approved by: Captain Ross Bonfiglio

 

Sheriff Geoff Dean will present checks totaling more than $40,000 to a long list of charities Tuesday afternoon on behalf of Cops Running For Charity.

The group of deputies has participated in unusual running events throughout the world for many years. Collectively, they have run thousands of miles while training, competing, and raising money for charity. The deputies pay their own way as they travel the world seeking new challenges and adventures.

Their hard work has paid off for many charities that have directly benefitted from their generosity. The men have raised more than $200,000 since they formed CRFC.

On Tuesday afternoon, the following charities will receive checks from CRFC:

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Leukemia/Lymphoma
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Relay For Life
Boston PD – Cops Running For Kids With Cancer
ALS Foundation
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Make-A-Wish
St. Jude’s Hospital
Camarillo Hospice
Westminster Clinic

The team consists of Cmdr. Randy Pentis, Cmdr. Tim Hagel, Capt. Paul Higgason, Capt. Dave Kenney, Sgt. Joe Devorick, and recently retired Sgt. Frank Underlin.

Their goal is to promote physical fitness and raise much needed funding for a variety of medical charities.

During the check presentation, the team will announce the next running event to take place in a very unusual location this fall.

For more information about CRFC, please contact Cmdr. Randy Pentis at (805)947-8067, or visit www.copsrunningforcharity.com

Nature of Incident: Sheriff Dean to Present Checks on Behalf of Cops Running for Charity
Location: Sheriff’s Office 800 S. Victoria Ave. Ventura, Ca. 93009
Date & Time: May 14, 2013 @ 1:00 p.m.
Unit(s) Responsible: Cops Running for Charity
Prepared by: Sgt. Eric Buschow
Media Release Date: May 13, 2013
Follow-Up Contact: Cmdr. Randy Pentis (805)947-8067 www.copsrunningforcharity.com
Approved by: Cmdr. Randy Pentis

 
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. For reservations, call the Camarillo Police Department Community Resource Unit at 805-388-5155. Space is limited to 20 students and their parents. There is no charge to attend the program.

Start Smart Program
Camarillo Police Station Community Room
Thursday, May 23rd, 2013, at 5:30 p.m.
Camarillo Traffic Unit
Deputy Robert Steele
May 13, 2013
Sergeant Renee Ferguson (805) 388-5132
Commander Guy Stewart

 

LOS ANGELES -- Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today filed an enforcement action against JPMorgan Chase & Co. (Chase) alleging that the bank engaged in fraudulent and unlawful debt-collection practices against tens of thousands of Californians.

The suit alleges that Chase engaged in widespread, illegal robo-signing, among other unlawful practices, to commit debt-collection abuses against approximately 100,000 California credit card borrowers over at least a three-year period.

“Chase abused the judicial process and engaged in serious misconduct against California credit card borrowers,” Attorney General Harris said. “This enforcement action seeks to hold Chase accountable for systematically using illegal tactics to flood California’s courts with specious lawsuits against consumers. My office will demand a permanent halt to these practices and redress for borrowers who have been harmed.”

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

The Sheriff’s Office is investigating several cases involving Southern California Edison customers who have been the targets of a telephone bill payment scam. The suspects have been calling SCE customers telling them they must make immediate payment on past due bills or have their electric service disconnected. The callers are also demanding that payment be made through a prepaid cash card, such as a PayPal or Green Dot card.

SCE officials have confirmed there have been similar reports from customers throughout Southern California, and they are working closely with law enforcement agencies to identify the suspects.

The primary targets have been minority-owned small businesses.

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

On 05-07-13, detectives with the East County Major Crimes Unit arrested Thomas Pecel for making criminal threats against California Lutheran University.

The incident was originally reported to the Thousand Oaks Police Department, on 05-01-13, after a university employee received a threatening e-mail that was sent to the school by Thomas Pecel. Pecel indicated in the e-mail that he wanted to commit a campus shooting. Evidence was obtained through the investigation that corroborated Pecel did in fact send the e-mail.

Pecel was arrested in Ventura and booked into the Pre-Trial Detention Facility. His bail is currently set at $25,000 dollars pending his arraignment in Superior Court.

Nature of Incident: Criminal Threats Arrest
Report Number: RB# 13-9605
Location: California Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks, CA
Date & Time: 05/07/13 @ 9:45 AM
Unit Responsible: East County Major Crimes
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) Thomas Pecel Ventura 30
Prepared by: Sergeant Alan Hartkop
Media Release Date: May 7, 2013
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Todd Welty @ (805) 494-8224
Approved by: Captain 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 Moorpark Police Department Special Enforcement Unit continued a three-month investigation into a vandalism crime spree in the City of Moorpark, with the service of a probation search and arrest of a juvenile. This is the fourth arrest in the past four weeks involving graffiti. Over the past three months, a suspect, using a moniker, spray painted several walls throughout the city causing thousands of dollars of damage. Investigators developed information, which led to a male juvenile as a suspect in the case.

On March 30, 2013, Investigators from the Moorpark Special Enforcement Detail and Patrol Deputies from the Moorpark Police Department conducted a probation search at the juvenile’s residence in the 400 block of Millard Street, in Moorpark. Investigatory discovered items of evidentiary value linking the juvenile to the multiple vandalisms.

While at the residence, several subjects were contacted. During the investigation, it was determined that several subjects (listed adult subjects above) were found to be under the influence of a controlled substance. In addition, Angel Cota was found to be in possession of a controlled substance.

The juvenile was arrested for two felony counts of vandalism, one misdemeanor count of possession of vandalism tools, and violation of probation. The juvenile was released to an adult guardian. All of the adult subjects were booked into the Ventura County Sheriff’s Pre-Trial Detention Facility, Ventura.

Additional arrests, search warrants, and probation searches are expected to continue in this investigation.

Nature of Incident: Felony Graffiti Vandalism Arrests
Report Number: 13-3535, 13-6188, 13-6322, 13-7081
Location: Numerous locations throughout the City of Moorpark
Date & Time: February and March, 2013
Unit Responsible: Moorpark Investigations Special Enforcement / Gang Detail
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(V) City of Moorpark
(V) Walgreens
(V) Moorpark Family Care Center
(V) Sherwin Williams Paint Store
(S) Male Juvenile
(S) Stephanie Hastin
(S) Debra Rios
(S) Angel Cota
(S) Nichole Heumann
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Detective Adam Garnier
Media Release Date: 4/5/2013
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Adam Garnier (805) 532-2700
Approved by: Captain Stephen Wade

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

On May 1, 2013, at approximately 1200 hours, deputies responded to a check the well-being call for service. When deputies and fire personnel arrived on scene, there were two adults confirmed to be deceased at the residence.

After a thorough investigation was conducted by Major Crimes/ East County Investigations and the Medical Examiner, the deaths of the two adults were consistent with a mutual double suicide pending the Medical Examiners completed investigation. Based on the evidence at the scene, there were no signs of criminal activity. The investigation will continue pending the autopsy and toxicology reports by the Medical Examiner.

Nature of Incident: Mutual Double Suicide
Report Number: RB# 13-9592
Location: 5800 block of Hickory Drive, Oak Park
Date & Time: 05-01-13 @ 1200
Unit(s) Responsible: Major Crimes and East County Investigations
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
Prepared by: Sr. Deputy Michelle Kristol
Media Release Date: May 1, 2013
Follow-Up Contact: Sgt. Eric Buschow
Approved by: Captain David 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).

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

Recently, the city of Thousand Oaks has experienced an increase in residential and vehicle burglaries. During this investigation, the Thousand Oaks Police Department engaged in a public awareness campaign, asking residents to call and report suspicious activity. With the help of tips from our community members, several burglary suspects have been arrested over the past month. These suspects are uknown to one another, and their crimes are not related.

On April 10th, 2013, Detectives and School Resource Officers from the Thousand Oaks Police Station arrested two juveniles for a rash of burglaries to storage lockers in the Thousand Oaks area.

On April 15th, 2013, a tip from the public led patrol officers to Madison McConnell. McConnell was found in possession of stolen property and has been connected to at least one residential burglary in the city of Thousand Oaks. Detectives are continuing to investigate the possibility he has been involved in more.

On April 26th, 2013, investigators from the Thousand Oaks Special Enforcement Unit arrested Sean Torbert for residential burglaries that occurred in the city of Los Angeles. Torbert is suspected of committing similar residential burglaries in Thousand Oaks, and investigators are investigating his connection to those crimes.

The identification and arrest of these suspects is the direct result of the partnership the Thousand Oaks Police Department has with our community, and the willingness of our community members to provide essential information regarding crime in our neighborhoods. The Thousand Oaks Police Department would like to remind our community to remain vigilent and report any suspicous activity.

Nature of Incident: Recent arrests of burglary and theft suspects
Report Number: 13-7843 / 13-8349
Location: Thousand Oaks / Los Angeles County
Date & Time: April 26th, 2013 1400 hours
Unit Responsible: Thousand Oaks Police Investigations and Special Enforcement Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
Sean Torbert
Madison McConnell
Juvenile
Juvenile
Prepared by: Sgt. Jason Robarts #2948
Media Release Date: April 29, 2013
Follow-Up Contact: Sgt. Jason Robarts #2948
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 March 29th, 2013, patrol deputies, Sheriff’s Major Crimes detectives, and the Sheriff’s Gang Unit responded to a robbery that just occurred at Lupita’s Wireless located in the unincorporated community of Saticoy. The suspects in the robbery brandished a handgun at the store employee and stole several expensive cell phones. Witnesses described a white female and two Hispanic males as the suspects in the robbery.

The Sheriff’s Gang Unit conducted an investigation into the robbery and identified Krista Munoz, Ruben Desoto and Eric Mahoney as the suspects in the robbery. Through the investigation, Detectives learned that the subjects had also committed several commercial burglaries in which power tools and other items were stolen.

On 04-24-13, Sheriff’s Gang Unit detectives conducted surveillance on a residence in the 3600 block of A Court in Oxnard. Munoz and Desoto were taken into custody after they were seen leaving the residence. Detectives returned to the residence with a search warrant. Evidence from the robbery was recovered.

Munoz and Desoto were booked at the Main Jail for 211 PC – Robbery and 182(a)(1) PC – Conspiracy to commit a crime. Mahoney was already in custody in Santa Barbara County on charges unrelated to the robbery and a warrant was submitted for his arrest.

Nature of Incident: Lupita’s Wireless Robbery
Report Number: 13-6969
Location: Lupita’s Wireless 1547 Los Angeles Avenue Suite #101 Saticoy, CA
Date & Time: 03/29/2013 @ 3:00 PM
Unit(s) Responsible: Sheriff’s Gang Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
Krista Munoz
Ruben Desoto
Eric Mahoney Oxnard
Oxnard
Oxnard 45
27
26
Prepared by: Detective Gabriel Gonzales
Media Release Date: April 27th, 2013
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Gabriel Gonzales @ 805-654-3548
Approved by: Captain Luis Obregon

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

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

On 4/25/13, at about 11:25 pm, City of Camarillo Patrol Deputies responded to a call of a stabbing victim in the area of Ponderosa Drive and Arneill Road. The victim, Garlan Weems, reported that the suspect, Matthew Worden, exited a vehicle at the location and began arguing with him. Weems stated Worden pulled out a knife and stabbed him multiple times. Weems was transported to a local hospital and underwent surgery related to his injuries.

Worden was eventually located and arrested for 664/187 (attempted murder). Worden was transported and booked into the main jail in Ventura. Anyone who may have witnessed this incident or has information reference this incident is encouraged to contact the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office / Major Crimes Bureau.
Prepared by: Detective Dave Brantley
Media Release Date: 4/26/13
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Dave Brantley @ 805-384-4728
Approved by: Captain Chris Dunn

Nature of Incident: 664/187 pc (Attempted Murder)
Report Number: 13-9142
Location: Ponderosa Drive west of Arneill Road, Camarillo
Date & Time: 04/25/13 @ 11:25 PM
Unit(s) Responsible: Camarillo Patrol, Sheriff’s Major Crimes, Camarillo Special Enforcement Unit, Sheriff’s Gang Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
Victim-------Garlan Weems
Suspect-----Matthew Worden Camarillo
Camarillo 49
30

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

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

On April 26, 2013 at about 7:57 PM, Thousand Oaks patrol deputies responded to a robbery just occurred at Auctions In Motion, located at 889 Mitchell Road. Four unknown Hispanic male suspects were involved in the robbery. During the robbery two suspects displayed weapons prior to taking property from the victims. The victims were employees that were parked outside to the front of the business.

Two suspects approached the victims, who had just exited their vehicle, and demanded money. The first two suspects each displayed a weapon; a handgun, and possibly a baton or canister of pepper spray. The first two suspects were then followed by a third suspect who assisted the first two in taking the victim’s property from their vehicle.

The property taken was US currency and personal property of the victims.

The suspects had a getaway driver (fourth suspect) waiting. They fled in what appeared to be an older model black BMW. No one was injured during the robbery.

The Thousand Oaks Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in solving this case. We request anyone with information to contact investigators at (805) 494-8201.

Nature of Incident: Robbery – PC 211
Report Number: 13-9244
Location: 889 Mitchell Road, Thousand Oaks 91320
Date & Time: April 26, 2013 at 7:57 PM
Unit Responsible: Thousand Oaks Patrol
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(V) 3 employees of Auctions In Motion
(S) 4 Hispanic males
N/A Adults
Prepared by: Sergeant Axelrod
Media Release Date: April 27, 2013
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Sergeant Alan Hartkop @ 805-494-8201
Approved by: Captain Luis Obregon

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).