News Story


Public's Assistance in Identifying Mail Theft Suspect
10/13/2016 3:00:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Public's Assistance Requested in Identifying Mail Theft Suspect 

Report Number:



1200 Block of Calle Arroyo

Date & Time:

October 7, 2016 @ 12:50 PM

Unit(s) Responsible:

East County Investigations Unit

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

City of Residence


(S) unknown






Investigators with the Ventura County Sheriff's Office, East County Investigations Bureau, are requesting the public's assistance in identifying a mail theft suspect.


On October, 7, 2016, at about 12:50 PM, an alert Ventura County citizen noticed a red four door Pontiac Vibe drive onto a residence driveway.  The license plates on the vehicle had been covered, so the witness began to take photographs of the vehicle.  The vehicle driver got out and stole packages that had recently been delivered to the residence, and then left the area.    


The Ventura County Sheriff's Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the suspect driving the red Pontiac Vibe shown in the attached images. The driver was described as white male, 25-35 years of age, and about 5'10' in height with a slim build.


Anyone who has information regarding this incident or can possibly identify the suspect is asked to contact Detective Marta Bugarin at (805) 371-8342.   


The Ventura County Sheriff's Office East County Investigations Bureau has noticed a recent increase in the number of mail thefts, and offers the following suggestions to lessen the chances of being the victim of mail theft:


         Stop your mail with the Post Office before leaving for extended periods


         Do not put outgoing mail in your mailbox, particularly items that contain checks or other financial documents




         Remove any delivered mail from unsecure mailboxes as soon as possible


Taking a few precautions can go a long way to prevent theft of mail, which inevitably leads to other crimes, such as fraud and identity theft.




Prepared by:

Sergeant Peter Frank   (805) 494-8214


News Release Date:

October 13th  2016


Media Follow-Up Contact:

Detective Tim Lohman  (805) 494-8232


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).