News Story


Two Subjects Arrested for Burglary Involving High End Alcohol / Pursuit
3/10/2015 8:43:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Two Arrested for Burglary of High End Alcohol

Report Number:

RB# 15-5452


Vons, 4241 Tierra Rejada Road, Moorpark, CA 93021

Date & Time:

March 10, 2015 / 12:50 P.M.

Unit(s) Responsible:

Moorpark & Thousand Oaks Investigations Units, Moorpark, Thousand Oaks and Camarillo Patrol,  Sheriff's Aviation and Search and Rescue Units

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

City of Residence


Dushaun Nichols

Charles Burks

Van Nuys

Van Nuys




On March 10, 2015, at about 12:50 PM, Moorpark Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the Vons market located at 4241 Tierra Rejada Road in Moorpark, CA reference a theft that had just occurred.  A Vons employee reported a subject, later identified as Dushaun Nichols, had just stolen multiple bottles of high end alcohol products.  The employee stated that Nichols had been in Vons before and had stolen $700-$1000 worth of alcohol on prior occasions.  Nichols ran out of the Vons with the stolen alcohol and got into a white SUV that was occupied by another male, later identified as Charles Burks.  Nichols got into the driver's seat and sped away.

A Thousand Oaks Sheriff's Detective spotted Nichols' white SUV on Tierra Rejada near the Vons.  Nichols sped up and led the detective and responding deputies on a pursuit, failing to yield to deputy's emergency lights and sirens.  Nichols drove at a high rate of speed and on the wrong side of the road as he traveled west bound on Santa Rosa Road towards the City of Camarillo.  Nichols drove into the residential neighborhood off East Las Posas Road and the pursuit ended when Nichols drove into a dead end in the area of Presilla Road east of Barranca Road.  Nichols and Burks exited the vehicle and ran from the deputies in an attempt to evade capture.  Burks was taken into custody almost immediately after exiting the vehicle.

The Sheriff's Aviation Unit helicopter assisted with the search.  A request for the Sheriff's K-9 Unit and Sheriff's Search and Rescue Bloodhound was made due to the extreme terrain in the area.  Approximately 20 minutes later, Deputies located Nichols hiding under a piece of plywood in a nearby backyard.  Both suspects were safely taken into custody without incident.

Over $1100 dollars of stolen alcohol was recovered from Nichols' vehicle.  Nichols was also identified as the suspect in two prior burglaries of high end alcohol from this same Vons.  Nichols was booked into the Ventura County Pre-Trial Detention Facility for three counts of burglary, resisting arrest, and felony evading.  Burks was arrested and booked into the Ventura County Pre-Trial Detention Facility for burglary and resisting arrest.

Prepared by:

Sergeant John Wright


News Release Date:

March 10, 2015


Media Follow-Up Contact:

Sergeant John Wright / (805) 797-7128


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).