Burkhead, Thomas Wayne, Woodland Hills, Ca. Age 55
Burkhead, Thomas Wayne, Woodland Hills, Ca. Age 55

On the morning of April 15, 2010, a female was jogging on a trail near the Victory Trail Head area of Ventura County. The female saw Thomas Burkhead (age 55), of Woodland Hills, step out from behind a bush and begin masturbating. The victim ran and called police. Police were able to locate and detain Burkhead as he was exiting the park area.

Police and the Park Rangers from the Conservation Authority have received several recent complaints from several different females about a male subject who has been exposing himself to women and masturbating in the area of the Victory Trail Head. The area is located near the Ventura and Los Angeles County border and is an open-space area commonly used by hikers and joggers.

Burkhead was identified and subsequently arrested for two separate counts of 314(1)PC (Indecent Exposure). An investigation is underway to determine if there are any other victims. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department is asking that anyone who may have encountered Burkhead under similar circumstances call Detective Jason Robarts with the Ventura County Sheriff Department’s / Sexual Assault Unit.

Location: Victory Trail Head – (Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Reserve)

Date & Time: April, 15, 2010 9:30 a.m.

Unit Responsible: East County Sexual Assault Unit

Suspect Address Age
Burkhead, Thomas Wayne Woodland Hills, Ca 55

Follow-up Contact: Detective Jason Robarts #2948 (805) 494-8229

Date of Release April 19, 2010

Approved By: Captain Bruce Watlington

 


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

On April 13, 2010, the Ventura County Sheriff’s East County Narcotics Street Team and the Moorpark Police Department’s Special Enforcement Detail learned Michael Bello was selling ecstasy pills in the City of Moorpark. Investigators began surveillance on Bello and observed him conducting an ecstasy transaction at a location in the City of Moorpark. Bello had a 14-year-old girl with him during the transaction, and later claimed she was his girlfriend. A quantity of ecstasy was seized from Bello. A subsequent investigation determined that Bello was engaging in unlawful sex acts with his 14-year-old girlfriend. Bello was arrested for selling ecstasy and several sex crimes. Bello was booked into the Pre-Trial Detention facility with a $500,000 bail, and will be arraigned in Ventura County Superior Court on April 15, 2010.

Location: City of Moorpark
Date: April 13, 2010
Unit Responsible:
East County Narcotics Street Team, Moorpark Police Department’s Special Enforcement Detail and the East County Major Crimes Sexual Assault Unit

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (W)itnesses Address Age
Michael Bello Moorpark 19

Officer Preparing Release: Sergeant Robert Thomas

Follow-up Contact: Sergeant Robert Thomas 383-8710

Approved By: Captain D. Murray

 

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

An injured adult male subject was found laying on the ground in front of 2945 Ventura Blvd. in the Nyeland Acres area of Oxnard. The subject, identified as Miguel Perez, died a short time later at the scene. Sheriff’s Homicide investigators are searching for a suspect and any other information from witnesses.
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n April 14 at about 6:35 p.m., Sheriff’s Dispatch received a 9-1-1 call of a physical altercation in the area of 2945 Ventura Blvd. It was reported that a subject was stabbed and was laying on the ground. At about 6:43 p.m. Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene and discovered Perez on the ground. After attempts by deputies were made to revive Perez, he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators are actively looking for the suspect(s) in this case. Sheriff’s Homicide investigators urge anyone with information about the suspect(s) or other information about the case to contact Ventura County Sheriff’s Homicide (805) 477-7000.

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).

Location: Near 2945 Ventura Blvd., Oxnard
Date & Time/ RB#: April 14, 2010 @ 6:35 p.m. / 10-8957
Unit Responsible: Sheriff’s Major Crimes-Homicide
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (W)itnesses Address Age
(V) Perez, Miguel Oxnard 18
(S) Unknown Unk. Unk.

Officer Preparing Release: Sgt. Don Aguilar
Follow-up Contact: Captain Ross Bonfiglio (805) 654-2417
Date of Release: April 15, 2010
Approved By: Captain Stephen Wade

 


 
Joshua Graham Packer
Joshua Graham Packer

After almost eleven months, a suspect has been arrested for the brutal murders of Brock Husted, Davina Husted, and their six-month-old unborn son, Grant.

Sheriff’s Department investigators arrested Joshua Graham Packer (20 years of age from Ventura, CA) Sunday evening at a residence in the 1800 Block of Ocean Avenue in the city of Ventura.

The case was solved primarily through a match in the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS). A sample of Packer’s DNA was taken after he was arrested for an unrelated robbery in Santa Barbara in January of this year. That sample
matched suspect DNA evidence from the Faria Beach homicide scene.

Confirmation of this DNA match occurred within the last two weeks. Recently, Ventura County reached 238 “CODIS hits” aiding investigation in 48 sexual assaults, 21 homicides, 9 attempted homicides, 87 burglaries, 35 robberies, and 8 other crimes.

Joshua Packer remains in custody at the Ventura County Pre-Trial Detention Facility and is being held without bail. He faces numerous charges including 3 counts of murder, two counts of robbery, and one count of burglary. There are also several special circumstance allegations associated with the underlying crimes. Although the case has proceeded to the court phase, it is still under investigation by the Sheriff’s Department and is highly sensitive in nature. To date, 75 investigators and other Sheriff’s personnel have worked on the case. Hundreds of
pieces of evidence have been collected and analyzed. Anyone with information about this crime is still encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau at (805) 477-7000.

Location: 1800 Block of Ocean Avenue, Ventura CA

Date & Time: April 11, 2010 @ approximately 8:00 PM

Unit Responsible: Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit

Victim / Witnesses / Suspects: Age City of residence
Suspect: Joshua Graham Packer 20 Ventura

Officer Preparing Release: Captain Ross Bonfiglio (805) 654-2417
Follow-up Contact: Captain Ross Bonfiglio (805) 654-2417
ross.bonfiglio@ventura.org
Date of Release: April 13, 2010

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

On April 9, 2010, at 12:30 P.M., (S) Morales arrived at 8602 Los Angeles Ave. in the unincorporated area of Moorpark looking for work. Morales spoke to the ranch foreman who told Morales no work was available. (V) Martinez was working in the fields when another employee told him his vehicle was being burglarized. Martinez and a coworker went to Martinez’ vehicle and saw Morales removing property including a car stereo from the vehicle. Morales fled the area towards the Long Canyon Creek area.

Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived a short time later and set up a perimeter. Due to the topography of the area (mostly agricultural fields) air support along with a K-9 handler were called to the scene. After an extensive search of the area, Morales was not located. Deputies spoke to several local ranchers and provided them with a description of the suspect.

A few hours later, a ranch employee located Morales hiding on his property. Deputies, along with California Highway Patrol officers, set up another perimeter and located Morales. Morales had the stolen car stereo in his possession when he was contacted. Martinez and another witness positively identified Morales as the person who broke into Martinez’ vehicle. The subsequent investigation revealed Morales had stolen a vehicle in Oxnard earlier in the day.

Morales was booked at the Ventura County Jail and is waiting arraignment on buglary and stolen vehicle charges. Morales’ bail has been set at $20,000.00.

Location: 8602 Los Angeles Ave, Moorpark, CA. 93021
Date & Time/ RB#: April 9, 2010 @ 12:30 p.m. / 10-8542
Unit Responsible: Moorpark Investigations

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (W)itnesses Address Age
(S) Victor Rodriguez Morales Oxnard 20
(V) Isaias Colin Martinez Oxnard 21

Officer Preparing Release: Sgt. John Reilly

Follow-up Contact: Detective Scott Hardy (805) 532-2715

Date of Release: April 12, 2010

Approved By: Captain Nelson

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

Under Penal Code section 832.7(a), peace officer personnel files are confidential. However, under Penal Code section 832.7(d), an agency employing a peace officer may disclose factual information regarding a disciplinary investigation if the peace officer who is the subject of that investigation, or his representative, makes a false public statement concerning that investigation or the discipline imposed.

Commander Geoff Dean, or his representatives, have made various false public statements about the investigation and the discipline imposed on him. Therefore, the Sheriff’s Department discloses the following factual information, which refutes the false public statements made by Commander Dean.

The timing of the release of this information is based on the increasing frequency and severity of statements that discredit the department’s disciplinary process and former and current employees.

The purpose of the release of this information is to assure the public and our employees that discipline in the Sheriff’s department is designed to protect the public, preserve our core values and is neither arbitrary, capricious, nor motivated by political intent.

The term “database” in this document refers to the Sheriff's personal electronic address book and mailing list including the names of approximately 4,000 professional contacts, friends, and supporters of the Sheriff. The Sheriff advised Geoff Dean and Chris Godfrey that since the contact list could provide either candidate a significant campaign advantage over the other, he would deny either his endorsement or access to the contact list. The Sheriff told both individuals that he would remain neutral unless there was a single candidate. He also advised them that his neutrality would only remain as long as they conducted themselves in a professional manner.

Geoff Dean made the decision to violate the Sheriff’s trust by attempting to gain a copy of his address book and violate the Sheriff’s directives. While the Civil Service Commission overturned the degree of discipline, they did find him guilty of “insubordination and failure of good behavior.” The core issue in this case has little to do with politics and much to do about having trust in a peace officer. Our agency disciplines and sometimes terminates deputies who violate our core values. We hold Commanders and Chief Deputies to those same standards.

Approved By: Sheriff Bob Brooks

SUMMARY OF FACTS REFUTING FALSE STATEMENTS REGARDING SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT DISCIPLINARY ACTION
Under Penal Code section 832.7(a), peace officer personnel CONTINUED »

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

On Friday, April 9th, 2010, at approximately 6:37 p.m. Santa Paula Police Officers were dispatched to the Wells Fargo Bank, located inside of Vons Supermarket, 576 W. Main St. reference a male subject acting suspiciously.

Upon the officers’ arrival, the suspicious subject was contacted and immediately identified as Jason Castillo, 23 years of age and a resident of Santa Paula. The subject was acting belligerent and aggressive towards officers and patrons in the bank. It was known by officers that Castillo had been released from the Ventura County Jail several hours earlier. As officers attempted to detain Castillo, he resisted officers and a struggle ensued. During the struggle, a Santa Paula Police Officer sustained a laceration to his arm. The officer was treated and released at a local hospital. Castillo also received minor injuries during the course of his arrest. He was also treated and released at a local hospital. Castillo was transported to the Ventura County Jail for lodging.

On Thursday, April 8th, Castillo was arrested by Santa Paula Police Officers for disorderly conduct. This incident occurred in the 300 block of S. Steckel Dr. During that arrest, a separate Santa Paula Police Officer sustained a minor injury while attempting to take control of Castillo. In the evening hours of April 8th, Castillo was released on his own recognizance from the custody of the Ventura County Jail.

Since February of this year, this is the fifth incident where Castillo has been arrested by Santa Paula Police Officers. His court appearances are pending regarding various charges from several different incidents.

 

On Friday, April 9th, 2010, at approximately 10:30 p.m. a Santa Paula Police Officer conducted a traffic enforcement stop on a vehicle in the area of the 900 block of Yale St. The driver of the vehicle, Rogelio Almanza Ceballos, 25 years of age and a resident of Santa Paula, was found to have a suspended driver license.

Officers located approximately 19 grams of methamphetmine in the vehicle and on Ceballos. Items indicative of illegal drug sales were also located. More than $750.00 in cash was also seized as part of the investigation.

Ceballos was arrested on suspicion of illegal drug sales and drug trafficking. He was lodged at the Ventura County Jail pending a court appearance. Ceballos has a prior criminal conviction stemming from an illegal drug sales case in 2006.

Ryan Smith # 1021
Police Sergeant

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

Location: 6480 Katherine Road., Simi Valley, CA.
Date & Time/ RB#: April 7, 2010 @ 5:50 p.m. / 10-8199
Unit Responsible: Moorpark Investigations

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (W)itnesses Address Age
(S) Christopher Guitner Simi Valley 45

On the evening of 04/02/10, at about 6:30 p.m., the victim ordered a pizza from a local establishment in the City of Moorpark. When the delivery person arrived at the house, the victim used their debit card to purchase the pizza. The delivery person made an imprint of the debit card, provided the victim with a copy of the receipt and then left the location.

On the morning of 04/06/10, at about 7:00 a.m., the victim checked their online bank account statement and discovered the original charge had posted at a higher amount. They also discovered several other unauthorized transactions. The victim suspected the delivery person because he had inquired about the security number on the back of the debit card. The victim called and reported the incident to the Moorpark Police Department.

Moorpark Police investigators identified the pizza delivery driver as Christopher Guitner and contacted him at his residence. During the investigation, deputies found several pieces of paper with credit card numbers written on them that did not belong to Christopher Guitner. The credit card numbers were found in his bedroom and vehicle. The subsequent investigation also revealed additional victims.

Guitner was subsequently arrested on four counts of 530.5 PC – Identity Theft, and 11550(a) H&S – Under the influence of a controlled substance. He was booked at the Pre-Trial Detention Facilty in Ventura awaiting arraignment.

Officer Preparing Release: Detective Scott Hardy

Follow-up Contact: Detective Scott Hardy (805) 532-2715

Date of Release: April 9, 2010

Approved By: Captain D. Murray #2721

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

On April 15, 2010, the National Weather Service will be conducting a Weather Spotter Training and Recruitment Talk. The training session will be held in the Hall of Administration Lower Plaza Assembly Room at the Ventura County Government Center at 800 South Victoria Avenue in Ventura, California. The spotter talk will begin at 6:30 PM and last to approximately 8:00 PM.

As part of the National Weather Service StormReady certification process, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services and the City of Oxnard Fire Department will be the co-hosts of this local Weather Spotter Training event.

“The County of Ventura and the City of Oxnard are enhancing their jurisdictions abilities to receive and disseminate storm related information from the National Weather Service,” said Erin Edinger, Alert and Warning Coordinator for the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services.

To be recognized as StormReady, a community must: establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center; have more than one way to receive severe weather warnings and forecasts and to alert the public; create a system that monitors local weather conditions; promote the importance of public readiness through community seminars; and develop a formal all-hazards plan, which includes training severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercises.

The National Weather Service Spotter Program is CONTINUED »

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

The city of Thousand Oaks and the Thousand Oaks Police Department have a mutual interest with the community in ensuring that children reach their scholastic and personal growth potential. In today’s society, children have several obstacles, bad influences, and distractions. Raising children is not easy. Children sometimes engage in harmful behaviors fueled by negative influences including alcohol, gangs, and peer pressure.

In furtherance of our commitment to the community, the Thousand Oaks Police Department will be offering a parenting class on Wednesdays for ten weeks starting on April 14. Parents with difficult, defiant, or problematic children are encouraged to attend. Our goal is to give parents guidance and to develop more successful children. We are excited to offer these sessions and truly wish to support parents and offer strategies to deal with difficult children.

The course content consists of ways to address drugs, sex, gangs, poor grades, running away and violence. Additional content includes guidance in gaining children’s compliance of house rules, how to never argue with your child again, and how to use other parents for support. Additional information can be reviewed at www.parentproject.com. This course is for Thousand Oaks residents only and is subject to enrollment. Senior Deputies Dennis Sliva and Jim DeSoto of the Thousand Oaks Police Department will be the facilitators. Interested parents are asked to call either Senior Deputy Sliva or DeSoto for further information.
Officer Preparing Release: Senior Deputy Jim DeSoto

Location: Thousand Oaks CONTINUED »

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

03/10/10
Search Warrant
300 Block Clay St.
600 block Lemon Way
Theft Other
600 Block Ventura St.
Vandalism
500 Block A St.
Battery
900 Block Sespe Ave.
03/11/10
Vandalism
500 Block Central ave.
Theft Other
500 Block Central Ave.
Forgery
700 Block Ventura St.
Theft Vehicle
200 Block Olive St.03/12/10 CONTINUED »

 
The thief s described as a white male, approximately 18-25 years old, 5’7” to 5’11” weighing between 150-180 lbs. He had brown hair with a military-style haircut. He wore a bright yellow polo shirt with stripes, dark jeans and dark shoes. REWARD OFFERED.
The thief s described as a white male, approximately 18-25 years old, 5’7” to 5’11” weighing between 150-180 lbs. He had brown hair with a military-style haircut. He wore a bright yellow polo shirt with stripes, dark jeans and dark shoes. REWARD OFFERED.
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Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

The thief knew exactly what he was doing when he entered the Ben Bridge Jewelry store in the Oaks Mall. He sat down next to the Rolex display and waited patiently for an employee to help him. The man already wore what appeared to be a Rolex watch on his wrist.

When an employee offered to help him, the man asked to see a similar watch from inside the display case. The employee put the watch on a pad for the man to examine it. The man removed his own watch and placed it next to the new one. In an instant, the man was gone, along with both of the watches. The man sprinted toward the nearby exit as employees chased him.

The thief made his escape, and has not yet been identified. He is described as a white male, approximately 18-25 years old, 5’7” to 5’11” weighing between 150-180 lbs. He had brown hair with a military-style haircut. He wore a bright yellow polo shirt with stripes, dark jeans and dark shoes.

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).

Location: Ben Bridge Jewelers 450 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, Ca.
Date & Time/ RB#: Mar. 22, 2010 @ 4:37 p.m. / 10-6944
Unit Responsible: Thousand Oaks Police Department Investigations Bureau

Officer Preparing Release: Detective Eric Buschow
Follow-up Contact: Detective Eric Buschow (805)494-8226 / (805)947-8129
Date of Release: Apr. 6, 2010
Approved By: Captain Bruce Watlington

 
Charges include possession of a concealed firearm, possession of a loaded firearm, possession of stolen property, and possession of graffiti tools

On Saturday April 3, 2010 at approximately 11:23pm Officer Green conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by a subject identified as Christopher Delarosa, age 22 years of Ventura. A records search revealed Delarosa was on probation for possession of graffiti tools. A search of vehicle was conducted which revealed five cans of spray paint, four markers, and ten spray paint can tips. Also found were numerous clothing items identifying him as belonging to a well known and documented tagging crew.

Also located in the center console area was a plastic bag containing 5, .380 caliber bullets. A further search of the vehicle revealed a loaded .380 handgun concealed behind the dash area of the vehicle. A records check of the weapon determined that it was stolen out of the city of Los Angeles. Delarosa was arrested on the following charges: possession of a concealed firearm, possession of a loaded firearm, possession of stolen property, and possession of graffiti tools.

After being processed at Santa Paula PD Delarosa was transported to Ventura County Jail. Delarosa’s bail was set at $50,00 however a request was submitted to have his bail increased to no bail.

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

An elementary school aged female was riding her scooter in the area of Ascot Place and Palmer Avenue when she rode by an unknown male (see above) sitting in a parked vehicle (see above) with the passenger door open. As she rode past the car the unknown male held up a camera, as if to take a picture, and asked her to “smile.” The man then took her picture with out her permission. After taking the picture the male left the area. The girl immediately went home and reported the incident to her parents who then called the Sheriff’s Department. This is the only report of this type of incident at this time.

Anyone having information concerning this matter, or if you took the photograph, please call Detective Peterson at the Camarillo Police Department, 388-5100.

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information that 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 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or WebTip at www.venturacountycrimestoppers.org, or Text "tip375" plus your message to CRIMES (274637).

Location: Area of Ascot Place and Palmer Avenue, Camarillo
Date & Time: April 2, 2010, between 1:30 and 1:45 pm
Unit Responsible: Camarillo Detectives

Possible Suspect
(S) White male, approximately 18 years old, thin build, approximately 6’2” , with short blonde or light brown “spiky” hair, wearing a green or yellow T-Shirt with an emblem of a circle with a palm tree on the front.

Possible Suspect Vehicle: Newer, silver, 4-door, passenger car with silver rims.

Officer Preparing Release: Senior Deputy Julie Novak (P.I.O.)

Follow-up Contact: Senior Deputy Julie Novak (P.I.O.) 947-6648

Approved By: Captain McGrath, Camarillo Police Department

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

The Moorpark Police Department conducted “Operation Hang-Up” during the month of March. During the operation, which focused on maximum enforcement of laws related to the use of cell phones while driving, deputies assigned to the Moorpark Police Department issued 293 citations to motorists for the illegal use of cell phones while driving and for text messaging while driving. In addition, deputies issued 148 citations to drivers of vehicles with illegally tinted windows.

The Vehicle Code prohibits a driver from using a cell phone while operating a vehicle on a roadway unless the cell phone is equipped with a hands-free feature; and from text messaging while driving. The law also prohibits drivers under the age of 18 from using a cell phone while driving, whether or not the phone is equipped with a hands-free feature.

Talking on a cell phone held to the ear, or text messaging, are distractions that take away from a person’s attention to their driving. The use of cell phones by drivers of motor vehicles contributes to scores of traffic collisions every year. Many of those collisions have resulted in injuries that could have been avoided if the drivers were paying attention to their driving instead of their cell phone or text conversations.

During the month of March, deputies responded to CONTINUED »

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

On 4/2/2010, at approximately 1145 hours, deputies responded to an injury accident at A Street and River Street and a hit and run accident at Santa Fe Street and Surrey Way. It was determined that the suspect in the hit and run accident, John Wilson, was also involved in the injury accident.

Witnesses stated Wilson had collided with a parked vehicle on Santa Fe Street and left the scene without exchanging information. He then collided with the rear of an occupied vehicle at the intersection of A Street and River Street. There was minor injury to the driver and a 3 year old passenger.

Deputies contacted Wilson at A Street and River Street. Wilson was arrested and booked for 23152 (a) CVC-driving under the influence, 23153(a) CVC, driving under the influence and causing injury, and 20002(a) CVC- hit and run. The injured parties were transported to Santa Paula E.R. by ambulance.

RB#: 10-7895

Location: A Street @ River Street & CONTINUED »

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

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department has launched a new website (same Internet address: www.vcsd.org) that is designed to be more interactive with frequently updated content and accomplished, in part, through the use of popular social networking mediums such as YouTube, Twitter, and Nixle.

New features include an embedded YouTube window on the home page along with a Nixle/Twitter Newswire, scrolling photo gallery, and Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) display. The Nixle/Twitter Newswire displays press releases and other important department communication. These same messages are capable of being pushed to smart phones and other hand-held mobile devices to individuals who register with those services. The CAD display refreshes every 60 seconds and allows anyone to view the majority of patrol activity occurring within the Sheriff’s jurisdiction while providing a short time delay for safety and security considerations.

The website also provides statistical crime data for the department’s jurisdictions and has many links to important resources such as inmate information, Crime Stoppers, and REVERSE 911®. The department intends to enhance the capabilities of the website over time and plans to add features in the future such as Crime/Arrest Logs and Google maps. Visitors to the website are encouraged to provide feedback, which will be used to aid in decision making for enhancements in the future. There is a link to the feedback page at the bottom of the homepage.

In conjunction with the launch of CONTINUED »

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

On March 19th, 2010, Detectives and Officers from the Santa Paula Police, with the assistance of Unites States Federal Agents, conducted a parole search in the 700 block of Fillmore St., Santa Paula, regarding a delivery of false documents made to the address.

The delivery contained over $845,000 in fraudulent checks from Nigeria. During the search, officials discovered additional packaging containing over $640,000 in the same fraudulent checks. Also discovered was packaging similar to the afore mentioned deliveries, which had contained a similar amount of checks from Nigeria.

Additional evidence was obtained in the search leading to the arrest of Cathy Pye 43 years of age, and a resident of Santa Paula. Pye admitted to receiving the checks and forwarding the checks to individuals across the United States. The approximate total loss to victims is $1,500,000.

In her statement to detectives, Pye said she took $170,000 worth of the checks to a location in Los Angeles County. Those checks were recovered as part of this investigation. Pye was booked at Ventura County Jail for “Possession and Passing of Fraudulent Checks”, and is currently in custody with a set bail of $750,000.

Please forward all inquires to Det. Sgt. Ismael Cordero or Det. Daniel Kiernan at (805) 525-4474, Ext. 116.

R.M. Smith # 1021
Police Sergeant

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

On March 29, 2010, as the T-Mobile store in Camarillo was preparing to close, two men dressed all in black, wearing ski masks, and armed with hand guns entered the store.

The suspects ordered the two employees to the back of the store where they were ordered to open a locked safe and storage room. Once the employees complied with the suspect’s demands, they were ordered to lie on the floor and their hands were tied behind their backs.

The suspects then removed money from the safe and a variety of new cellular telephones. The suspects fled out the back door of the business.

Anyone with information related to this robbery is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Major Crimes unit at 805-477-7000.

Location: T- Mobile Store, 415 W. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo CA.
Date & Time: March 29, 2010, 8:00 p.m.
Unit Responsible: Sheriff’s Major Crimes

Deputy Preparing Release: Sergeant S. Rhods

Follow-up Contact: Sergeant S. Rhods (805) 477-7000

Date and Time of Release: March 30, 2010

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).