News Story


Ventura County - Group Suspected of Multiple Property Crimes Arrested
12/16/2014 6:07:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Property Crimes Group Arrested

Report Number:



Camarillo, Thousand Oaks, Oxnard

Date & Time:

12-11-2014 / 1500 hours

Unit(s) Responsible:

Special Crimes Unit, Camarillo Special Enforcement Detail

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

City of Residence


Aaron Phillips

Jose Chavez

Andrew Coombes

Matthew Kor











In August of 2014, investigators from the Ventura County Sheriff's Special Crimes Unit targeted several criminal groups that were suspected of committing numerous residential burglaries, vehicle burglaries and motor vehicle thefts throughout Ventura County.  Investigators identified members of one group as Aaron Phillips, Jose Chavez and Andrew Coombes.  Phillips had been arrested for similar crimes on July 7, 2014 and was out on bail pending trial.  Coombes was also out on bail after recent arrests for Possession of Methamphetamine, Auto Theft, Evading Arrest, and Identify Theft. 


On October 6, 2014, Phillips was contacted while deputies were conducting a probation search on his wife.  Phillips was found to be in possession of several altered vehicle keys commonly used to commit vehicle theft.  He was arrested for a variety of charges including possession of burglary tools and being under the influence of narcotics.  He was booked into Ventura County Jail.  Two days later, Phillips posted $10,000 bail and was released from custody.


On October 24th, investigators developed enough probable cause to arrest Phillips, Chavez and Coombes on a variety of charges stemming from a series of auto theft and vehicle burglaries in Camarillo and the Santa Rosa Valley.  Phillips was arrested for Burglary and Chavez was arrested for Auto Theft.  Both were booked into Ventura County Jail.  Coombes, who was already in custody, was arrested for Auto Theft and Burglary.      


On October 25, 2014, Chavez posted $40,000 bail and was released from custody.  On November 2, 2014, Phillips posted $20,000 dollar bail and was released from custody.     


Five weeks later, December 9, 2014, Sheriff's investigators began an investigation into a vehicle stolen in Thousand Oaks and later found abandoned in Oxnard.  Investigators developed information that Philips was responsible.  The vehicle contained property stolen from a recent commercial burglary in Oxnard.  On December 12, 2013, investigators stopped a vehicle in which Phillips was a passenger.  The Driver, Michael Kor, was on probation for Burglary and had two active warrants for possession of methamphetamine.  A search of the car revealed methamphetamine, stolen property and items used to commit identity theft.  Both Kor and Phillips were arrested.  Kor was booked for his outstanding warrants and possession of methamphetamine.  He remains in custody on $30,000 bail.  Phillips was arrested for Auto Theft and remains in custody on $500,000 bail.


Investigators believe that Phillips, Coombes and Chavez are responsible for over a hundred Vehicle Burglaries, Vehicles Thefts and/or stolen vehicles in the Ventura County Area.  Many of those crimes were committed while the subjects were out on bail after their initial arrests. 


The Ventura County Sheriff's Office reminds residents to lock their vehicles at night and keep valuables out of plain sight.  Most vehicles thefts occur when cars are left unlocked or high dollar items are in plain view..    



Prepared by:

Sgt. Bill Schierman


Media Release Date:



Follow-Up Contact:

Sgt. Bill Schierman 805-383-8729


Approved by:

C. Rothschiller, 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).