News Story


Man Arrested Second Time for Mail Theft in Ojai
5/31/2016 1:14:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Man Returns to Scene of the Crime / Identity Theft Arrest


Report Number:

RB #16-0079065


1100 block of Rancho Drive

Ojai, Ca 93023

Date & Time:

05/27/2016 4:30 hours

Unit(s) Responsible:

Ojai Detectives/Ojai Patrol


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

City of Residence


(S) Manuel Rosales


62 yrs


A resident of Oxnard, who was arrested back in January 2016 on charges of mail and identity theft, returned to the same street in Ojai to once again victimize residents by committing the same series of crimes.  He was identified by a vigilant citizen and once again captured and booked into jail.


During the dates of January 5-13, 2016, a resident residing in the unincorporated area of Ventura County/Ojai area reported being a victim of mail theft.   Included in the stolen mail was a Costco American Express credit card.  Detectives from the Ojai Station began investigating this crime.  It was determined that this stolen credit card was used at various locations throughout the cities of Ventura, Oxnard, and Camarillo.  Video of the suspect using the stolen credit card was obtained from Target Stores located in Camarillo and Oxnard (River Park location).  A request to identify the suspect was sent out to the public.  The request contained a video clip of the suspect making the fraudulent transactions.  A citizen recognized the suspect from the video and provided his name to law enforcement.  This led to the identification and arrest of the suspect, Manuel Rosales.  Rosales was booked at the Ventura County Jail with a bail amount of $50,000.00.


Almost five months later, on 05/27/2016, a citizen saw and recognized Rosales as the suspect from the first incident.  Rosales was seen once again in the same area stealing mail from mailboxes.  Ojai patrol deputies and detectives responded and detained Rosales.  Rosales confessed to stealing mail in hopes of obtaining documents to commit identity theft again.  Rosales was arrested and booked at the Ventura County Main Jail for mail theft and attempted identity theft, which is a felony charge.  He remains in jail with a bail set at $ 130,000. 


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Prepared by:

Detective Hollowell


News Release Date:



Media Follow-Up Contact:

Detective Will Hollowell 805-477-7042


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).