News Story


Suspect Arrested in Thousand Oaks Gateway Sign Vandalism
7/30/2016 3:00:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Suspect Arrested in Thousand Oaks Gateway Sign Vandalism

Report Number:



35000 Block of 43rd Street East, Palmdale, CA


Date & Time:

July 29, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Unit Responsible:

The Thousand Oaks Police Special Enforcement Unit, Investigations Bureau, Directed Enforcement Unit, the Sheriff's Intelligence and Crime Analysis Units


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

City of Residence


Yescas, Nicolas

Palmdale, CA




During the early morning hours of July 21, 2016, vandals spray painted graffiti on the City of Thousand Oaks sign located north of the 101 freeway near the Westlake Boulevard off-ramp.  The graffiti consisted of the letters 'WUC' and covered the entire sign, which is approximately 10 feet tall and 40 feet wide.  Nationally, vandalism causes more than $12 billion in damage each year.


Investigators with the Thousand Oaks Police Department's Special Enforcement Unit, with the assistance of allied agencies, immediately began an extensive investigation into who committed this crime.  The Special Enforcement Unit and the Sheriff's Office Criminal Intelligence Unit quickly uncovered evidence that 'WUC' has two possible meanings: 'Wreckin' Ur City' and 'Wake Up Crew.' Investigators identified Nicolas Yescas as a suspect in the crime.  


On the morning of July 29, 2016, officers from the City of Thousand Oaks Police Department's Special Enforcement and Directed Enforcement Units served a search warrant at Yescas' residence in Palmdale, CA.  Evidence connecting Yescas to the vandalism was located and he was arrested for Felony Vandalism.  Yescas was booked into the Ventura County Jail pending arraignment on August 2, 2016.  His bail was set at $10,000.



Prepared by:

Sgt. John Wright


Media Release Date:

July 30, 2016


Media Follow-Up Contact:

Sgt. John Wright (805) 797-7128


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).