News Story


Robbery Suspects Arrested
7/6/2015 2:00:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Robbery Suspects Arrested

Report Number:

15-11074, 15-13012, 15-13814


300 Block of Rolling Oaks Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA

Date & Time:

07/02/2015 @ 11:15 PM

Unit Responsible:

East County Major Crimes, Thousand Oaks Special Enforcement Unit, Sheriff's Special Services Major Crimes/Special Crimes Unit/Narcotics, Sheriff's Crime Analysis, Los Angeles Police Department, Ventura Police Department, Simi Valley Police Department



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

City of Residence


(S) Lenny Vanhorenbeeck

(S) Ernesto Magana

Thousand Oaks

Thousand Oaks









On 07-02-15, the Ventura County Sheriff's Office arrested two suspects regarding a series of gas station and liquor store robberies that occurred throughout Ventura County and the Canoga Park area of Los Angeles County.


Beginning on May 16, 2015 Investigators with the Ventura County Sheriff's Office began connecting a series of armed robberies that spanned over five cities in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties. Detectives within various specialized units of the Sheriff's Office and Investigators with Simi Valley Police Department, Ventura Police Department and the Los Angeles Police Department began collaborating in an effort to solve this crime spree. 


The Crime Analysis Unit of the Ventura County Sheriff's Office generated a lead, which identified Lenny Vanhorenbeeck and Ernesto Magana as possible suspects.


On 07-02-15 at approximately 11:15 AM, Lenny Vanhorenbeeck and Ernesto Magana were arrested as they exited their residence.  Search warrants were served at several locations and evidence related to the crimes was recovered.  Investigators believe the suspects are responsible for as many as seven (7) armed robberies in Ventura and Los Angeles counties, and the investigation is continuing. 


Vanhorenbeeck and Magana were booked into custody at the Ventura County Main Jail for 2nd degree robbery.  Vanhorenbeeck's bail is currently set at 2.5 million dollars and Magana's is set at 1 million dollars.  Both subjects are scheduled to be arraigned in Superior Court on July 07, 2015.



Prepared by:

Sergeant Alan Hartkop


Media Release Date:

July 06, 2015


Media Follow-Up Contact:

Senior Deputy William Hutton

(805) 947-8113




Approved by:

Captain Mike Hartmann



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).