News Story


DNA Evidence Leads to Commercial Burglary Arrest
2/17/2016 11:31:00 AM


Nature of Incident:

DNA evidence leads to commercial burglary arrest


Report Number:

RB #16-0005784


Eggs and Potatoes

1103 Maricopa Highway/Ojai


Date & Time:

02/16/2016 0930 hours

Unit(s) Responsible:

Ojai Detectives, Ventura County Crime Lab, and Oceanside Police


(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (Party), (D)ecedent

City of Residence



(S) Jonathan Jessop


35 yrs


On January 13, 2016, at approximately 0224 hours, an unknown suspect burglarized a local Ojai restaurant called Eggs and Potatoes.  Video surveillance showed the suspect forcibly breaking into and entering the business where he removed and carried out a small safe.  The safe contained cash and approximately 25 blank business checks. 


Evidence collected at the crime scene was processed by the Ventura County Crime Lab for DNA evidence.  This resulted in a DNA profile of a single male suspect.  The DNA profile was entered into the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) which generated a HIT on a convicted felon named Jonathan Jessop.


Based on the work done by the crime lab, Ojai Detectives were able to visually match a recent booking photo of Jessop with the video surveillance and determined it to be the same person.  Ojai Detectives determined Jessop is a resident living in the areas of San Diego and Oceanside.  A burglary warrant for his arrest was obtained from Ventura County.             


On February 17, 2016, Ojai Detectives with the assistance of Oceanside Police Department located and arrested Jessop for the outstanding warrant.  He was found to be in possession of heroin and subsequently booked at the San Diego County Jail.  While being interviewed, he confessed to committing the burglary.  Jessop mistakenly believed that based on Proposition 47, the penalty for this burglary would carry a charge of only a misdemeanor, not a felony.  Jessop remains in custody without bail. 


The quick resolution of this crime was due in large part to the expedient and professional work done by the Ventura County Crime Lab.      


Prepared by:

Detective Will Hollowell


News Release Date:



Media Follow-Up Contact:

Detective Will Hollowell 805-646-1414


Approved by:

Captain David Kenney


Attachment: booking photo