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Moorpark - Arrest Made in Horse Saddle Burglaries; Detectives Seek Additional Information.
11/25/2014 6:33:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Arrest in Horse Saddle Burglary Case

Report Number:



Malibu, CA

Date & Time:

11/10/2014 @ 0900 hours

Unit(s) Responsible:

Moorpark PD Investigations

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence


(A) Gregory Dale Andersen

Malibu, CA



On November 5, 2014, the Moorpark Police Department Investigations Unit released two photographs of a suspect connected with at least four burglaries of high-end equine jumping saddles.  Investigators received a quick response from the public identifying the suspect as Gregory Andersen and confirmed that he was a resident of Malibu, CA.

The investigation began with a burglary reported on February 20, 2014, at Whitethorn Ranch in Somis, CA.  Sixteen saddles valued at over $53,000 were stolen from the location sometime over night.  There were no solid leads at the time of the initial report.  As the investigation progressed two stolen saddles were located.  After further investigation, it was learned Andersen (using the alias Matthew Gregory) shipped the two stolen saddles from a Post Office in Woodland Hills, CA.  All information obtained on 'Matthew Gregory' was fraudulent including name, date of birth, driver license number, social security number, and passport number.  The two photos of 'Matthew Gregory' were located during our subsequent investigation and eventually released to the public in the initial attempt to identify and locate him.

We believe that Andersen used the alias Matthew Gregory to sell over $180,000 in saddles from 2007-2014.  The investigation into the burglaries is continuing.  Andersen is currently out of custody on $500,000 bail.  On November 21, 2014, the Ventura County District Attorney's filed Identity Theft and Possession of Stolen Property charges against Andersen.

We encourage anyone who has information regarding any saddle burglaries within the time frame mentioned to please contact Detective Ken Truitt at the Moorpark Police Department.  Also, if anyone purchased saddles from a Matthew Gregory, please call law enforcement.  The eBay seller ID's he used were: moonjumper, classicalequestrian, 4grandprix, hunterhampton, westchestercounty, qualityusedtack, and jumpermaster.  

Prepared by:

Detective Ken Truitt  805-532-2714


Media Release Date:



Follow-Up Contact:

Captain Don Aguilar




Approved by:

Stephen Wade, 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).