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

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office has released its 2013 Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) crime statistics for Part 1 Crimes.

The data represent information collected from the unincorporated areas and the five contract cities where the Sheriff’s Office provides police services. Those cities are Thousand Oaks, Camarillo, Moorpark, Fillmore, and Ojai.

Overall, reported crime is down 6% throughout the Sheriff’s Office jurisdiction. A few areas, such as Moorpark and Camarillo showed an increase in reported crimes in 2013 over 2012. Most of the increases were due to spikes in property crimes, such as burglary and theft. Many of those crimes were thefts or burglaries from vehicles that were either unlocked or had valuables left in plain view. These crimes of opportunity can be prevented by removing valuable property from vehicles and locking them when leaving them unattended.

The full report can be viewed via the following link:

http://tinyurl.com/vcsheriffcrimestats2012-2013

Part of our success as a law enforcement agency is due to our partnerships with the communities we serve. We encourage people to actively report suspicious and/or criminal activity immediately by calling 9-1-1. Non-emergency reports can be made through our Sheriff’s Communication Center by calling (805)654-9511.

Nature of Incident: Sheriff Releases 2013 Crime Statistics
Location: Countywide
Date & Time: Jan. 1, 2013 through Dec. 31, 2013
Unit(s) Responsible: Sheriff’s Crime Analysis Unit
Prepared by: Sgt. Eric Buschow
Media Release Date: Feb. 27, 2014
Follow-Up Contact: Sgt. Eric Buschow (805)947-8129
eric.buschow@ventura.org
Approved by: Cmdr. Steve DeCesari

 


 

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced the arrest of seven suspects who have been charged in a mortgage fraud scheme that defrauded more than 1,550 Inland Valley homeowners seeking loan modification services during California’s foreclosure crisis.

The felony complaint alleges that Nehad “Nick” Ayyoub Ayyoub, 57, of San Bernardino and president of The Firm Loans, Insurance and Investments Inc. and First Choice Debt Solutions Inc., along with his six colleagues, Ghydan Ayyoub Rabadi, 38, of Los Angeles, Zaid Rabadi, 49, of Los Angeles, James Clemons, 55, of Riverside County, Wissam Ismail, 32, of Riverside County, Eddie Mercado, 57, of San Bernardino, and Majid Safaie, 60, of Orange County, deceived homeowners by illegally charging up-front payments for loan modification services and lying about the services they provided.

“These individuals profited from the fear and desperation of hard working Californians who were simply fighting to keep their homes during the height of our state’s foreclosure crisis,” Attorney General Harris said. “This kind of predatory activity is reprehensible.”

The suspects are charged in a 24 count complaint of felony grand theft, personal and corporate income tax evasion and conspiracy. The suspects were booked at Murrieta Detention Center, Orange County Jail, Rancho Cucamonga Jail and Azusa Police Department today. Ayyoub is being held with bail set at $75,000 and all others are being held with bail set at $50,000. Ayyoub is facing a maximum exposure of 12 years in prison while his colleagues are facing a maximum exposure of 8 years.

According to court filings, Ayyoub and his colleagues took advantage of homeowners who were desperate to lower their mortgage payments by selling them home loan modification services and requiring payment of up-front fees. Homeowners were falsely told that attorneys would be negotiating their loan modifications, that they would get a loan modification with no risk of failure, that they would receive a refund if they were dissatisfied and that the suspects had special contacts with lenders, which would give them an advantage in obtaining lowered monthly payments.

Homeowners were instructed to stop paying their mortgage and to instead give the money to Ayyoub and his colleagues to ensure that they would obtain a loan modification, causing many victims to default on their home loans without obtaining a modification, according to court filings.

The suspects operated this scam from January 2007 to March 2010, according to court filings.

Attorney General Harris’ Mortgage Fraud Strike Force began investigating this case in 2010 yet business records were immediately sealed until September 2012 when Safaie’s claim of attorney client privilege was overruled.

Homeowners who feel they may have been victimized should file an online complaint with the California Attorney General’s Office: http://oag.ca.gov/consumers

Agents with the California Attorney General’s Bureau of Investigations were assisted by investigators with the State Franchise Tax Board.

Created in May 2011 by Attorney General Harris, the Mortgage Fraud Strike Force continues to lead the charge in investigating and prosecuting misconduct at all stages of the mortgage process.

In February 2012, Attorney General Harris secured a commitment from the nation’s five largest banks which has resulted in more than $20 billion for struggling California homeowners. Following the settlement, Attorney General Harris sponsored the California Homeowner Bill of Rights, a landmark package of legislation that restricts dual-track foreclosures, guarantees struggling homeowners a reliable point of contact at their lender and imposes civil penalties on fraudulently signed mortgage documents. In addition, homeowners may require loan servicers to document their right to foreclose. This legislation was signed by Governor Brown in July 2012 and took effect on January 1, 2013.

Please note that a complaint contains only allegations against a person and, as with all defendants, those named here must be presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

A copy of the complaint can be found attached to the electronic version of this release at: https://oag.ca.gov/news

 


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

On 2-19-14, Investigators with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, Major Crimes / Sexual Assault Bureau arrested Ryan Metier for committing lewd acts with a child. Metier was booked into the Ventura County Pre-Trial Detention Facility on $100,000.00 bail. He later posted bail and is scheduled to be arraigned in Ventura County Superior Court on March 3, 2014.

This investigation has led to concern that Metier may have assaulted other victims. Anyone with information that may help in identifying witnesses or other potential victims is asked to contact Detective Matt Delahuerta at 805-384-4740/ Matt.Delahuerta@Ventura.org or Detective Greg Guilin at 805-384-4725/ Gregory.Guilin@Ventura.org.

Nature of Incident: Suspect arrested for committing lewd acts with a child
Report Number: 13-9044
Location: Camarillo, Ca
Date & Time: 2-19-14 1245 hours
Unit(s) Responsible: Ventura County Sheriff’s Major Crimes/Sexual Assault Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) Ryan Metier
(V) Juvenile Camarillo, Ca 23
Prepared by: Detective Greg Guilin # 2920
Media Release Date: 2-24-14
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Greg Guilin 805-384-4725
Detective Matthew Delahuerta 805-384-4770
Approved by: Captain Chris Dunn

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

 


 
Wilfredo Chavarria
Wilfredo Chavarria

Detectives with the Simi Valley Police Department and Ventura County Sheriff’s Office concluded an investigation into a heroin delivery service with the arrest of 29 year old Granada Hills resident, Wilfredo Chavarria.

Detectives learned Chavarria was operating the service and often used subjects commonly referred to as “Runners” to meet and deliver heroin to Los Angeles and East Ventura County customers. During the course of the investigation, detectives observed Chavarria meet and deal heroin to numerous customers.

On 2/19/2014, detectives detained and arrested Chavarria after he left his residence. Detectives served a search warrant at Chavarria’s residence located on the 17000 block of Kingsbury Street, Granada Hills. Detectives seized a quarter pound of heroin, two rifles, and two handguns. One of the rifles was an AK 47 assault rifle which had a large capacity magazine attached to it. Additionally, detectives seized over $18,000.00 in currency which was deemed to be from drug proceeds. There was also evidence Chavarria was actively involved in the sales of drugs.

Chavarria was arrested for two counts of sale/ transport/ offer to sell a controlled substance, one count of possession for sale of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with a firearm, possession of a large capacity magazine, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of an assault weapon, and possession of ammunition by a felon.

Chavarria was booked into the Ventura County Sheriff’s East County Jail pending the posting of bail set at $500,000.00. He scheduled to appear in Ventura County Superior Court on 2/21/2014, at 1:30 PM.

Nature of Incident: Narcotics Arrest
Report Number: 14-1050
Location: White Oak Avenue and Devonshire Street, Northridge
17000 Block of Kingsbury Street, Granada Hills
Date & Time: 2/19/2014 @ 1630 hours
Unit(s) Responsible: Ventura County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
Chavarria, Wilfredo Granada Hills, Ca 29
Prepared by: Sgt. Jose Rivera
Media Release Date: 2/20/2014
Follow-Up Contact: Sgt. Jose Rivera (805) 797-6341 jose.rivera@ventura.org
Approved by: Captain Curt Rothschiller

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).

 

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

Several Ventura County residents have received phone calls from a person claiming to be a Ventura County Sheriff’s Office employee who demands payment via a Green Dot transaction to clear up an outstanding warrant.

Callers are being told they did not show up for required jury duty and they have to pay a fine to clear up a warrant that has been issued.

These calls are fraudulent and have no connection to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone who receives a phone call from someone demanding payment for an outstanding warrant should report the situation immediately as a crime. The calls are originating from a local number in the 805 area code.

Investigators are working to identify the suspect who made the calls. Anyone with information about the person or group responsible for this scam can contact investigators at the Camarillo Police Department at (805)388-5100. Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

Nature of Incident: Beware of Warrant Payment Scam
Report Number: 14-3778
Location: Countywide
Date & Time: Feb. 17, 2014
Unit(s) Responsible: Camarillo Investigations Bureau
Prepared by: Sgt. Eric Buschow
Media Release Date: Feb. 19, 2014
Follow-Up Contact: Sgt. Eric Buschow (805)947-8129
eric.buschow@ventura.org
Approved by: Captain Don Aguilar

 

Los Angeles – Attorney General Kamala D. Harris expressed her condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of California Highway Patrol officers Juan Gonzalez and Brian Law, who died this morning in the line of duty.

“The deaths of officers Juan Gonzalez and Brian Law are a deep loss for all of our law enforcement community. Their commitment to serve will never be forgotten, and their sacrifice will forever be honored by the people of California and the brave men and women of the California Highway Patrol.

On behalf of the California Department of Justice, I extend my heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Officer Gonzalez and Officer Law who died tragically this morning in the line of duty.”

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

The Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit in conjunction with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration concluded a one month investigation with the arrest of Victor Pinto and the service of a search warrant at his residence in Los Angeles on February 12, 2014.

Investigators recently learned information that identified Victor Pinto as a source of supply of Molly, steroids, and cocaine to Ventura County residents in Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley. Investigators were able to gather enough evidence to arrest Pinto for sales of drugs. Pinto was arrested in a parking lot in the 20400 block of Ventura Boulevard, in the City of Los Angeles. He had over a half pound of Molly on his person possessed for sales.

The drug Molly may represent any number of Ecstasy type drugs currently on the illicit market. In this case, the drug Methylone was being sold as Molly. It is similar to ecstasy in that it provides users with a euphoric high similar to other illegal stimulants and hallucinogens.

The service of the search warrant resulted in the seizure of a half-pound of cocaine, another twenty ounces of molly, and a large amount of steroids, all possessed for sale. Additionally, over $50,000, two expensive vehicles, and a motorcycle, all believed to be derivative of drug sales, were seized.

Pinto was booked into the Ventura County Main Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail. His court date is pending.

The Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit is comprised of members of law enforcement from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, Simi Valley Police Department, and the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office Bureau of Investigation. The main mission of the unit is to stem the flow of prescription medication to the illegal market. A secondary, and equally important related, mission is identifying and stopping new trends of non-traditional drug sales that target teenagers and young adults in Ventura County.

Nature of Incident: Molly / Steroid / Cocaine Dealer Arrested
Report Number: 13-18290
Location: 20400 block of Ventura Boulevard, Los Angeles
Date & Time: February 12, 2014
Unit(s) Responsible: Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) Victor Pinto Los Angeles 45
Prepared by: Sergeant Victor Fazio
Media Release Date: February 13, 2014
Follow-Up Contact: Sergeant Victor Fazio
(805) 856-8793
victor.fazio@ventura.org
Approved by: Captain Curt Rothschiller

 
Santa Paula Police Department
Santa Paula Police Department

On 2-14-14 at approximately 1433 hours, the Santa Paula Police Department responded to a call of a subject disturbing on Steckel Drive in front of the Glen City Elementary School. The reporting party indicated a male subject was observed putting his hands in his pockets and stating he was going to kill someone. The caller feared the subject possibly was armed. Police units responded and the school was placed on lockdown. An officer was stationed at the school as additional officers checked the area for the possible suspect. After an extensive search of the area the suspect was not located. Once the school was deemed safe the children were released to their parents. Officers remained in the area as school was released and on campus. It is believed that the subject heard making the statements was on a cellular telephone and not making threats to anyone at the school. There was no indication the subject was armed and no witnesses observed any weapons. All incidents of this nature are taken extremely seriously and the publics assistance was greatly appreciated in this matter. Anyone with information invovling this incident should contact the Santa Paula Police Department at 525-4474.

Santa Paula Police Department
PRESS RELEASE
Nature of Incident:
Subject disturbing
Report Number(s):
SG1400235
Location(s):
Glen City School
Dates & Times:
2-14-14 / 1433 hours
Unit Responsible:
(S)uspects, (V)ictims
City of Residence
Age
Unknown

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

During the late Fall of 2013, through the early Winter of 2014, deputies from the Ventura County Sheriff’s- Moorpark Station responded to several vandalism calls at the Baron Brothers Nursery, located just outside of the City of Camarillo. Deputies learned that the production and storage facilities for the nursery, located in a canyon, approximately 1/2 mile south of the retail facilities, had been the target of multiple incidents of vandalism to several vehicles and buildings within the property.

Based on the ongoing vandalisms, detectives from the Moorpark Station organized a surveillance of the nursery’s production facility. The surveillance team included detectives from Moorpark Special Enforcement Bureau, Moorpark Investigations Bureau and a Sheriff’s K-9 unit.

On the afternoon of February 9th, 2014, the surveillance team covertly responded to the production facilities and arrested three suspects who were in the process of vandalizing property on the nursery at the time of their apprehension. All three suspects were identified as juveniles from the City of Camarillo and were charged with 594(b)(1) PC / Felony vandalism, 10852 VC / Vehicle tampering and 182(a)(1) PC / Criminal conspiracy.

The suspects were transported to the Moorpark Station for processing and were cited and released to the custody of their parents.

Nature of Incident: Arrest of vandalism suspects
Report Number: 14-3168
Location: 7568 Santa Rosa Road, Camarillo, Ca., 93010
Date & Time: February 9th, 2014, 1330 hours
Unit(s) Responsible: Moorpark Station Detective Bureau
Prepared by: Detective Kevin Lynch
Media Release Date: February 12th, 2014
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Kevin Lynch
(805) 532-2714
Approved by: Sergeant John Reilly

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

An 18 year old Camarillo man tried to kill himself by deliberately inhaling carbon monoxide from his vehicle’s exhaust system on Thursday afternoon, while parked in the Wildwood Park parking lot on Avenida de Los Arboles.

Thousand Oaks Police Officer, Jeffrey Stuteville observed a suspicious vehicle parked in the park parking lot. Due to the heavy rains, the trails were closed and this was the only vehicle in the parking lot. The vehicle was backed into a parking stall at the far south end of the parking lot in a location to conceal itself from people or vehicles on the roadway.

Stuteville entered the parking lot and parked next to the vehicle. The vehicle’s engine was on and the windows appeared to be fogged up. This made it difficult for Stuteville to see who was inside. Stuteville noticed a green hose connected to the rear exhaust of the vehicle and placed through the rear passenger window. Fearing this was a suicide attempt; Stuteville pulled on the driver’s door handle and opened the door.

Stuteville observed a male sitting in the driver seat. The male appeared to be in distress from inhaling the carbon monoxide fumes. Stuteville immediately removed the driver and provided assistance until fire and paramedics arrived. The male was later transported to the hospital for further evaluation.

Stuteville’s quick actions saved this young man’s life and prevented what could have been a tragic ending.

Nature of Incident: Deputy’s quick actions save suicidal man
Report Number: 14-2940
Location: Wildwood Park Parking Lot
Date & Time: February 6, 2014 @ 4:52 PMPrepared by: Senior Deputy Timothy Lohman
Media Release Date: February 12, 2014
Follow-Up Contact: Timothy Lohman (805) 371 8362
Approved by: Captain Cory Rubright

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

Beginning in November 2013, Sheriff’s narcotics detectives started receiving information of criminal activity occurring at a property in the 1500 block of Cypress St, Oxnard. Preliminary information was that this location, known locally as “The Compound”, was involved in narcotics sales, stolen vehicles, identity theft, prostitution and weapon sales. As the investigation progressed, it was discovered that several other local law enforcement agencies had received similar information. Detectives were able to identify a residence in the City of Camarillo believed to be affiliated with the Compound.

On February 7, 2014, members of the Sheriff’s Narcotics Bureau, Intelligence Unit, Gang Unit, and Transportation Unit, the Oxnard Police Department, and VENCATT (a stolen vehicle task force), served a search warrant at the Compound. Investigators located several people living in and around the property in illegal buildings, tents, and recreational vehicles. During the search a loaded handgun, approximately one half ounce of methamphetamine, heroin, stolen equipment from the Pleasant Valley Parks Department, and common household items often used in the conversion of methamphetamine were found. The following arrests were made:

Joseph Ortega: Possession of narcotics for sale, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, under the influence of a controlled substance while armed.

Kemo Parker: Possession of a controlled substance.

Kyle Delaware: Under the influence of a controlled substance.

Teira Pettiford-Newton: Under the influence of a controlled substance.

Christina Carrillo: Under the influence of a controlled substance.

Griselda Zaragoza: Under the influence of a controlled substance.

Kenneth Finberg: Misdemeanor warrant

The City of Oxnard Code Enforcement Division responded a found several code violations that resulted in the tagging of several structures as uninhabitable.

A search warrant was also served at the residence in the 1700 block of Del Prado Dr., Camarillo. During this search, investigators found that concentrated cannabis, commonly known as “Honey Oil”, was being manufactured at the residence. Three subjects from this residence were arrested for the following charges:

Angel Combest: Manufacturing concentrated cannabis.

Jennifer Peterson: Possession of narcotic paraphernalia.

Megan Lager: Possession and Under the influence of a controlled substance.

At the conclusion of the operation, investigators were contacted by several residents and business owners who expressed their appreciation for conducting this investigation. Detectives were told that the Compound, and those who frequent it, bring crime and drug use to the area.

Nature of Incident: Press release
Report Number: 14-4162
Location: 1500 block Cypress St, Oxnard. 1700 block Del Prado Dr, Camarillo
Date & Time: February 7, 2014
Unit(s) Responsible: Sheriff’s Narcotics Bureau, West County Street Team
Prepared by: Sgt Mike Horne
Media Release Date: February 8, 2014
Follow-Up Contact: Capt Don Aguilar
805-797-7349
Approved by: Captain Rob Davidson

 

California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. has appointed Sheriff Geoff Dean to the Board of State and Community Corrections. The appointment is effective today.

The appointment fills a vacant B.S.C.C. position after the retirement of Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca. The web link to the Governor’s announcement is available at: http://gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=18396

The B.S.C.C. works in partnership with local corrections systems and assists efforts to achieve continued improvement in reducing recidivism through evidence-based decision making. The position as B.S.C.C. board member requires Senate confirmation and there is no compensation.

Sheriff Dean, age 57, has held multiple positions at the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office since 1977, including chief deputy, commander, lieutenant, sergeant, senior deputy, and deputy. He is a community council member of the American Cancer Society and a board member of the Casa Pacifica Home for Abused Children. Sheriff Dean received a Master of Public Administration degree from California State University Northridge and a Master of Business Administration degree from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona College of Business Administration.

For more information about the B.S.C.C., visit www.bscc.ca.gov.

Nature of Incident: Governor Brown Appoints Sheriff Dean to Board of State and Community Corrections (B.S.C.C.)
Location: Sacramento, California
Date & Time: February 6, 2014 @ 4:30 p.m.
Unit(s) Responsible: Sheriff’s Administration
Prepared by: Captain Don Aguilar
Media Release Date: February 6, 2014
Follow-Up Contact: Sheriff Geoff Dean, (805) 654-2315
Approved by: Sheriff Geoff Dean

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

In an effort to facilitate a virtual Neighborhood Watch program and help foster neighbor-to-neighbor communications, the Thousand Oaks Police Department has partnered with Nextdoor (www.nextdoor.com), the first private social network for neighborhoods.

Nextdoor is free for residents and for the City. Each neighborhood creates its own private Nextdoor website, accessible only to residents of that neighborhood. Thousand Oaks residents can use Nextdoor to get to know their neighbors, ask questions, and exchange local advice and recommendations. Neighbors who use Nextdoor share information about neighborhood watch and safety issues, local events, school activities, plumber and babysitter recommendations, upcoming garage sales, lost pets, and much more.

Neighborhoods establish and self-manage their own Nextdoor website. Information shared on each Nextdoor site is only visible to members who live in the neighborhood and who have verified their address. The Thousand Oaks Police Department will be able to post important information, such as crimes occurring in a specific neighborhood within the city. The Police Department will not be able to access communications between neighbors or other private content. In today’s society, it is vital for neighbors to come together and look out for one another. Nextdoor will make it easy for neighbors to establish a virtual neighborhood watch and help combat crime and foster positive interactions with neighbors and the police.

The Thousand Oaks Police Department uses several social media tools to communicate critical information to the community. Nixle, Twitter and VC Alert are our primary tools used to disseminate information. Nextdoor will serve as an additional social media outreach to the residents of Thousand Oaks.

Nextdoor was specifically designed to make neighbors feel comfortable sharing information with one another in order to help build stronger communities. All members must verify they live within the neighborhood. Information shared on Nextdoor is password protected and cannot be accessed by those outside the neighborhood or found on Google or other search engines. In addition, Nextdoor never shares personal information with any third parties. Unlike an email list or other online group, neighbor posts are organized and archived for future reference.

If you are interested in joining Nextdoor visit their website at www.nextdoor.com and enter your home address. If Nextdoor is already launched in your area, you can immediately sign up. If your neighborhood has not yet been established, set up your neighborhood and encourage neighbors join.

If you have questions about the Nextdoor program or how to get started, please contact Justine Fenwick, Senior City Strategist with Nextdoor at 650-996-3801 or justine@nextdoor.com. For Thousand Oaks Police Department Neighborhood Watch questions, please contact Senior Deputy Tim Lohman at (805) 371-8362 or tim.lohman@ventura.org.

Nature of Incident: Thousand Oaks Police Department to utilize “Nextdoor”, the Private Social Network, to Facilitate Virtual Neighborhood Watch
Location: Thousand Oaks
Date & Time: February 6, 2014
Unit Responsible: Thousand Oaks Police Department, Crime Prevention Unit
Prepared by: Senior Deputy Timothy Lohman
Media Release Date: February 6, 2014
Follow-Up Contact: Timothy Lohman (805) 371-8362
Approved by: Captain James 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

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

The City of Thousand Oaks has seen an increase in commercial burglaries within the past few weeks. Investigators have made solving these crimes a priority, but are asking business owners and residents to assist in putting an end to this increase.

The Thousand Oaks Police Department encourages citizens to report any suspicious activity they may see in or around commercial areas. The suspects involved in the burglaries have forced entry into the businesses when the business is closed. The burglaries are occurring during early morning or late evening hours. Some businesses had alarms systems, but they were not activated at the time of the break in. The Thousand Oaks Police Department would like to offer the following crime prevention tips:

• Before you leave for the night / weekend, please remove all cash from your registers and put it in a safe place or remove it from the business. Leave emptied register drawers open.
• Leave a light on and your windows uncovered after closing. This allows for an unobstructed view inside.
• Consider applying security film on the interior of your glass windows. Security film adds a layer of protection from glass breakage and is available through several local vendors.
• If you have an alarm system, make sure it is operating properly and is turned on. The alarm system should include a motion detector and should be tested frequently.
• Make sure your alarm company has all of your correct contact information and they contact the police for a response to the business if your alarm is activated.
• If you use a security camera, make sure it is operating properly. Conduct a weekly inspection of your security camera.
• Make sure all of your doors and windows are locked before you leave.
• If you hear an audible burglary alarm, especially at night, call 911.
If you see anyone acting suspicious around a closed business or a suspicious vehicle, please call 911or call (805) 654 9511 to report the activity.

Nature of Incident: Thousand Oaks Police see an increase in commercial burglaries
Location: Citywide
Date & Time: On-going
Unit Responsible: Thousand Oaks Police Department – Crime Prevention Unit
Prepared by: Senior Deputy Timothy Lohman
Media Release Date: February 5, 2014
Follow-Up Contact: Sergeant Jason Robarts (805) 494-8214
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.

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

On November 11th, 2013, Moorpark patrol deputies responded to a commercial burglary call at a local business on Commerce Avenue in Moorpark. During their investigation, deputies determined a male suspect broke into a light industrial building, accessed the roof of the building, and removed two antennas and a light industrial air conditioner. The suspect loaded the items into his black Chevrolet HHR and drove away.

Near the end of December, 2013, the victims saw a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle and obtained a partial license plate. Detectives used this information and identified Nicholas Johnson as the suspect from the burglary.

Detectives conducted follow-up investigation and learned Johnson lived in the 5000 block of Los Angeles Avenue in Somis. Detectives authored a search warrant for Johnson’s home and executed the search warrant on January 29th, 2014. Johnson was already in custody at the Ventura County Pre-Trial Detention Facility on unrelated charges when the warrant was served. While executing the search warrant, detectives contacted Nicole Jauron at the home. They found her to be under the influence of a controlled substance and in possession of two firearms, which she was prohibited from possessing because of a previous felony conviction. She was arrested without incident.

Detectives also located the stolen light industrial air conditioner at the home. In addition to stolen property sought in relation to the Moorpark burglary, detectives also located stolen property from thefts and burglaries in Los Angeles County. Investigators from the Los Angeles Police Department responded to the location and took possession of those stolen items.

As a result of the investigation, Nicholas Johnson was arrested for commercial burglary and for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. He remains in custody at the Ventura County Pre-Trial Detention Facility.

Nature of Incident: Burglary / Unlawful Possession of Firearms Arrest
Report Number: 13-25309
Location: 5000 block of Los Angeles Avenue, Somis CA.
Date & Time: 1-29-14 / 1100 hours
Unit(s) Responsible: Moorpark Police Department Investigations Unit
Prepared by: Sergeant Eric Tennessen
Media Release Date: January 31st, 2014
Follow-Up Contact: Senior Deputy Kevin Lynch, 805-947-8222
Approved by: Captain Stephen Wade

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

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

The Thousand Oaks Police Department is warning Ventura County residents of on-going telephone scams that have been targeting elderly residents or other susceptible victims. Thousand Oaks Police have seen an increasing number of telephone scams where the criminal calls a resident and informs them their family member is in jail in another country. The criminal pretends to be a law enforcement official and advises the victim they need to act quickly or their loved one’s safety may be in jeopardy. The majority of the fraudulent calls appear to originate from Canada. The fraudulent official requests money be “wired” via a money wire transfer company (i.e. Western Union or MoneyGram) to an overseas location (in particular, Latin American countries). Within a short period of time, the wired funds are collected by the suspects and the victim will have suffered a financial loss as a result of this telephone scam.

Ventura County residents can protect themselves from this type of telephone scam by not proceeding with the transaction until having personally confirmed an emergency situation. This can easily be done by calling the family member and checking on his or her welfare.

To learn more about how to protect yourself from fraud, please visit:

Federal Trade Commission (Consumer Protection) www.ftc.gov
Internet Crime Complaint Center www.ic3.gov
MoneyGram www.moneygram-preventfraud.com
Western Union www.westernunion.com

Nature of Incident: Community Warning - Telephone Scams
Report Number: On-going
Location: County of Ventura
Date & Time: February 3, 2014
Unit Responsible: Thousand Oaks Police Department
Prepared by: Senior Deputy Timothy Lohman
Media Release Date: February 3, 2014
Follow-Up Contact: Timothy Lohman (805) 371-8362
Approved by: Captain James 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 February 1, 2014, deputies from the Moorpark Police Department, Thousand Oaks Police Department and Ventura County Sheriff’s Office conducted compliance checks at the residences of 57 registered sex offenders in the cities of Moorpark, Thousand Oaks, and Unincorporated areas in the East County. The compliance checks were part of the Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement (SAFE) grant. California state law requires persons convicted of specific sexual assault crimes to register with the agency where they reside.

49 of the 57 registered sex offenders were in compliance with their registration requirement. 8 of the registrants were not contacted because they were not home or had moved. Sheriff’s detectives will follow-up to determine if the registrants are out-of-compliance.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting similar sweeps throughout the county. The purpose is to verify registered sex offenders are living at their reported residences and in compliance with any probation or parole terms.

Residents of Ventura County can visit the Megan’s Law website (www.meganslaw.ca.gov/) to familiarize themselves with the sex registrants in their community.

Nature of Incident: Sex Registrant Compliance Checks
Report Number: N/A
Location: City of Moorpark and East County Unincorporated Area
Date & Time: February 1, 2014
Unit(s) Responsible: Moorpark Police Department
Thousand Oaks Police Department
Ventura County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit
Prepared by: Sgt. Anthony Aguirre
Media Release Date: February 3, 2014
Follow-Up Contact: Investigator Jim Botting / 805-384-4743 / jim.botting@ventura.org
Approved by: Captain Chris Dunn

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

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

On 1/29/2014, at about 4 am, a victim reported a burglary to his locked storage container, located in the 100 block of Old Creek Road, Casitas Springs. Later in the investigation, additional victims reported that tools along with two ATV motorcycles were taken. The victims told deputies they found an identification card on their property near the location of the burglary. Deputies identified the suspect as Mark Pulido and discovered he had an outstanding warrant.

Deputies and detectives went to Pulido’s residence and found him hiding in the attic. Deputies recovered some of the stolen property, including one of the ATV motorcycles.

Deputies arrested Pulido for the warrant, theft of a motor vehicle, and burglary. Detectives interviewed Pulido, which led to the recovery of additional stolen property.

Nature of Incident: Burglary Arrest
Report Number: RB#14-2250
Location: 100 block of Mountain View Ave
Date & Time: 1/29/14 @ 10:18 am
Unit(s) Responsible: Ojai Patrol and Ojai Station Detectives
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
Pulido, Mark Ojai 45
Pulido was booked for the warrant, burglary, theft of a motor vehicle, and under the influence of a controlled substance. Pulido’s bail was set at $10,000.
Prepared by: Detective Joe Mulrooney
Media Release Date: 1/31/2014
Follow-Up Contact: Detective J. Mulrooney 805-646-1414
Approved by: Captain D. Kenney

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

On 1/29/14, at about 0755 hours, members of the Thousand Oaks Special Enforcement Unit arrested Dmitry Kogan for an arson that occurred in Thousand Oaks on 8/15/2012.

The arrest was a result of a lengthy investigation by the Sheriff’s Arson Unit and Ventura County Fire Investigations Unit. The investigation began when the victim’s vehicle was doused with a flammable liquid and then set on fire by the suspect. The incident appears to be a result of a dispute between the parties and the suspect is not being looked at for any other fires.

Kogan was booked at the Pre-Trial Detention Facility for a single count of Arson. Kogan was still in custody at the time of this release and his bail is set at $250,000 dollars.

Nature of Incident: Arrest of Arson Suspect
Report Number: 12-18466
Location: Thousand Oaks
Date & Time: January 29, 2014 @ 7:55 a.m.
Unit(s) Responsible: Sheriff’s Arson Unit, Thousand Oaks Special Enforcement Unit, and Ventura County Fire Investigations Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) Kogan, Dmitry Thousand Oaks 47
Prepared by: Detective Michael Rompal #3293
Media Release Date: January 30, 2014
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Michael Rompal (805) 383-8743
Approved by: Captain Paul Higgason

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 Ventura County Combined Agency Taskforce and the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit recently concluded a several year investigation into local Doctor Terry Stanger. A criminal case was presented to the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office which alleged over prescribing of opiate, anti-depressant, and other controlled medications absent a legitimate medical purpose from his Ventura Office, as well as violations of money laundering statutes. The investigation revealed Dr. Stanger was also mailing medications throughout the United States and Europe. Detectives seized over 25,000 pills of highly addictive medication that were sold or destined for sale outside the scope of normal professional practice. Investigators also seized hundreds of thousands of dollars of suspected ill-gotten proceeds from the criminal activity. Dr. Stanger’s activity came to the attention of local law enforcement when it was learned he was the source of supply for local drug dealers and several fatal overdoses were tied back to his prescriptions.

The Ventura County District Attorney’s Office filed a criminal complaint charging 15 felony counts ranging from drug dealing to money laundering. Dr. Stanger is scheduled to appear in court on February 19, 2014 to answer to these charges.

The Ventura County Combined Agency Taskforce is made up of narcotics detectives from all agencies within the county and representatives from the United States Drug Enforcement Administration. VCAT’s mission is to conduct investigations and disrupt large scale drug distribution organizations.

The Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit is comprised of members of law enforcement from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, Simi Valley Police Department, and the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office Bureau of Investigation. The main mission of the unit is to stem the flow of prescription medication to the illegal market. A secondary, and related, mission is identifying and stopping new trends of non-traditional drug sales that target teenagers and young adults in Ventura County.

Nature of Incident: Local Doctor Charged in Drug Distribution Scheme
Report Number: 12-2122
Location: Ventura, CA
Date & Time: 2011-2013
Unit(s) Responsible: Ventura County Combined Agency Taskforce and Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) Dr. Terry Stanger Agoura Hills 67
Prepared by: Sergeant Victor Fazio
Media Release Date: January 28, 2014
Follow-Up Contact: Sergeant Ron Chips
Ron.chips@ventura.org
Approved by: Captain Curt Rothschiller