News Story


Identity Theft Arrest from Public's Assistance
9/22/2016 5:00:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Identity Theft Arrest from Public's Assistance


Report Number:

RB #16-124602


1300 block of Devonshire Street

Oxnard, 93030

Date & Time:

09/22/2016 @ 8:00 hours

Unit(s) Responsible:

Ojai Detectives


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

City of Residence


(S1) Stephanie Godoy  

(S2) Melissa Durazo



39 yrs

45 yrs


On 08/09/2016 at approximately 12:45 PM, a visitor and her friends arrived in the area of Matilija Canyon Road and Highway 33 where they locked their vehicle and went hiking.  When they returned, they discovered they were the victims of a vehicle burglary.  A victim had her purse containing credit cards stolen. 


Detectives from the Ojai Station began investigating this crime.  It was discovered that the victim's stolen credit card was used at a Walmart Store in the city of Ventura the same day (08/09/2016).  Video of the suspects using the stolen credit card was obtained from Walmart Store.  Two female suspects are seen in the video using the stolen credit card. 


Video of the suspects using the victims stolen credit card was obtained from Walmart.  A request to identify the suspects was sent out to the public.  The request contained a video clip of the suspects making the fraudulent transactions.  Several citizens recognized the suspects from the video and provided their names to law enforcement.        


On 09/22/2016, Detectives from the Ojai Station went to the 1300 block of Devonshire Street in the city of Oxnard where suspects Melissa Durazo and Stephanie Godoy were contacted and positively identified as the suspects responsible for this identity theft crime.  Durazo was arrested for an outstanding warrant and Godoy was arrested for identity theft, burglary, and forgery.  Both parties were booked into the Ventura County Main Jail where they remain in custody.  Bail was set for Durazo at $ 5,000.00 and Godoy at $ 55,000.00.           


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Prepared by:

Detective Hollowell

News Release Date:


Media Follow-Up Contact:

Detective Hollowell 805-477-7042

Approved by:

Sergeant Ferguson


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).