News Story


Ojai Deputies Arrest Suspect for Residential Burglary
12/23/2014 8:05:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Residential Burglary Arrest tied to Social Media

Report Number:



10000 Block Santa Ana Road, Oak View CA

Date & Time:

12/23/2014 1030 AM

Unit(s) Responsible:

Ventura County Sheriff's Office ' Ojai Station Detectives

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

City of Residence



(S) Butler, Kristy



Oak View, CA





Kristy Butler was arrested by Ojai Station Detectives following a month long investigation into several burglary incidents. It was discovered that Butler was using the social media website Facebook to sell some of the stolen property.


Over the course of the past month several residential burglaries were reported from neighborhoods in the Oak View area. The circumstances surrounding these burglaries were similar in nature. Small household items were being removed from garages, homes, and yards of the victims.


On December 18th, 2014, at around 1 am, a victim reported confronting a woman in her garage. At this time, the suspect fled the scene in a vehicle. This victim was able to record the vehicle license plate which led deputies to the residence of Kristy Butler. Detectives identified a Facebook profile in Kristy Butler's name and noticed that this profile was active on a local 'For Sale or Trade' group within the Facebook social media platform. This profile was advertising several household items for sale. These items included vacuum cleaners, powers saws, child safety seats, and other miscellaneous household items. These items for sale matched many of the items reported by other victims of the recent string of burglaries.  These items advertised for sale on Facebook were documented and photographed by detectives. During subsequent follow-up interviews with the involved victim's, detectives positively identified stolen property being listed for sale by the Facebook user account 'Kristy Butler'.   


On December 23, 2014, detectives from the Ojai area patrol station executed a search warrant at the residence of Kristy Butler and successfully located some of the stolen property from the burglaries that occurred over the past month. In addition, detectives located other evidence connecting Butler to the burglaries. In all, Kristy Butler was connected to at least five different burglaries at the time of this release. Butler was arrested and booked for multiple counts of burglary at the Pre-Trial Detention Facility in Ventura. If anyone has any additional information regarding this individual and the sale of stolen property via Facebook, please contact the Ojai area station detectives at (805) 947-8075.



Prepared by:

Sgt. Kevin Donoghue #2735 (805) 646-1414


News Release Date:

December 23, 2014


Media Follow-Up Contact:

Det. Joe Mulrooney  (805) 947-8075



Approved by:

Captain David Kenney



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).