News Story

 

Vehicle Burglary Crime Spree / Arrests
2/25/2016 3:25:00 PM

 

Nature of Incident:

Vehicle Burglary Crime Spree  / Arrests

Report Number:

RB#'s 16-21494 / 16-22799 / 16-27831 / 16-27871

Location:

Multiple Jurisdictions in California, including the Cities of Ojai, Camarillo, Ventura, Oxnard and Port Hueneme

 

Date & Time:

02/11/16 @ 12pm

Unit(s) Responsible:

Ojai Station Patrol and Detectives, Sheriff's Warrant Detail

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

City of Residence

Age

(S) Williams, David Lee

(S) Willard, Jennifer

(S) Cook, Korey

Ventura

Ventura

Oxnard

32

36

29

 

Narrative:

A multi-jurisdictional crime spree involving the Cities of Ventura, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Malibu, Bakersfield, Ridgecrest, Santa Barbara, and Carpentaria was brought to end with the arrests of three Ventura County residents.  The crime spree spanned at least 30 days.

 

The crime spree first came to light in the City of Ojai on 02/11/2016, when local detectives investigated a vehicle burglary reported outside the Bryant Street Gym.  The suspects used the victim's credit card minutes after the crime at a local Ojai gas station and video surveillance revealed the suspects were driving a white U-Haul van, but their faces were not visible.

 

The crime spree continued two days later when two more vehicles were broken in to at the Gridley Trailhead in Ojai. One of the victims recalled seeing a white U-Haul van but was unsure if it was connected to the crimes.  Ojai Detectives learned this victim's credit card was used within two hours of the trailhead burglaries at the same Ojai gas station as the 2/11/16 crime.  Surveillance video now revealed one male suspect and one female suspect. The video also revealed distinct physical information about the female suspect.

 

Using the descriptive information, Ojai Detectives were able to positively identify the female suspect as Jennifer Willard, who had two outstanding Ventura County warrants.  Further investigation led to the identification of David Williams as the male suspect, who was currently on probation in Ventura County.  The U-Haul van's license plate number was obtained and Ojai Patrol began an active search for the van and vehicle burglary suspects.

 

On 2/22/16, Ojai patrol units located Willard walking on Ventura Avenue at Warner Street in Ventura. Willard was arrested for her warrants and was in possession of a purse that contained the personal property of a Malibu resident. It was learned the Malibu victim's property was just stolen from her vehicle that morning while it was parked at a beach trailhead in Malibu.  The Malibu victim's credit cards were used immediately after the crime at a gas station in Malibu, a Target and Walmart in Camarillo, and at a Walmart in Ventura.  Video surveillance revealed both Williams and Willard using the victim's credit cards at the above locations.  The video also revealed they were driving the U-Haul van.

 

On 2/23/16, a deputy from the Sheriff's Warrant detail was aware of the suspect and vehicle information associated with this on-going crime spree and saw the U-Haul van being driven in the City of Ventura.  A traffic stop was conducted and Williams was identified as the driver. A male passenger in the van, Korey Cook, was determined to have four outstanding Ventura County warrants.  Both Williams and Cook were in possession of stolen property from a vehicle burglary that occurred in Camarillo earlier this same morning. The Camarillo victim's credit card was used at a Camarillo gas station immediately following the vehicle burglary.  Ojai Detectives later obtained surveillance video of both Williams and Cook using the Camarillo victim's credit card.

 

A search of the U-Haul van resulted in the recovery of numerous items of stolen property, taken from multiple California cities, including: credit cards, checkbooks, driver's licenses, vehicle pink slips, and jewelry.  There was also property belonging to two victims living outside of California. The investigation is continuing.

 

Williams was booked into the Ventura County Main Jail for conspiracy, vehicle burglary, commercial burglary, identity theft, possession of burglary tools, and possession of stolen property. Bail was set at $80,000.00.

 

Willard was booked into the Ventura County Main Jail for conspiracy, vehicle burglary, commercial burglary, identity theft, possession of stolen property, possession of a controlled substance, under the influence of a controlled substance and her 2 outstanding warrants. Bail was set at $70,000.00

 

Cook was booked into the Ventura County Main Jail for conspiracy, vehicle burglary, identity theft, possession of burglary tools, and four outstanding warrants. Bail was set at $50,000.00.

 

The Ojai Police Department and Ventura County Sheriff's Office offer the following crime prevention tips regarding vehicle burglary: Lock your vehicle, do not leave valuables such as purses, wallets, cell phones, computers, or purchased items in your vehicle or in plain view, plan your shopping so that you do not load your trunk until you are ready to leave, and if you think you are being followed, go to a safe area and call 911. Always take note of and report suspicious people and vehicles, and report your observations to law enforcement immediately.

 

 

Prepared by:

Detective Joe Mulrooney

 

Media Release Date:

2/25/2016

 

Follow-Up Contact:

Detective J. Mulrooney 805-646-1414

Joe.Mulrooney@ventura.org

 

 

Approved by:

Captain David C. 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).

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