News Story


Identity Theft / Burglary Crime Spree Arrest
12/1/2016 4:00:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Identity Theft/Burglary Crime Spree Arrest


Report Number:

RB #16-157102


Ventura, Los Angeles, and San Diego Counties


Date & Time:

12/01/2016 @ 11:30 hours

Unit(s) Responsible:

Ojai Detectives and San Diego County Sheriff's Department


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

City of Residence


(A) Jonathan Jessop


37 yrs


During the month of October, 2016, an Ojai resident was the victim of a residential burglary.  Several of his personal credit cards were stolen, along with his 1992 Toyota van.  It was determined the victim's stolen credit cards were used to make numerous fraudulent purchases at various Lowe's Home Improvement and Home Depot stores throughout Ventura, Los Angeles, and San Diego Counties.  The total amount of the loss exceeded $10,000.00.


Ojai Detectives began investigating this crime.  Evidence was collected and video surveillance was obtained.  The video showed a suspect using the victim's credit cards making approximately thirteen separate fraudulent credit card transactions.  These locations were over a span of three different counties.   


Ojai Detectives were able to identify the suspect seen on the video surveillance footage as convicted felon Jonathan Jessop, a transient from the Oceanside area.  With the assistance of The San Diego County Sheriff's Department, the victim's stolen van was recovered, however Jessop fled on foot.  He was later apprehended by the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department personnel and turned over to Ojai Detectives.    


Jessop was subsequently arrested and he was transported to the Ventura County Jail where he remains in custody with his bail set at $ 500,000.00.  The Ventura County District Attorney's Office has charged Jessop with seven separate counts of identity theft, three counts of burglary, and one count of grand theft. 


The Ventura County Sheriff's Office would like to thank members of the public for their on-going support and due diligence in providing information to assist our agency in solving crimes.  We are better at what we do because of our community partnerships.  Join us in the fight on crime by following us on Twitter @VENTURASHERIFF, on Facebook with our Official Page, VCSHERIFF on Instagram, and with Nixle by texting your zip code to 888777 to receive local law enforcement and public safety alerts and advisories.


Especially during the holidays, the Ventura County Sheriff's Office would like to remind citizens to be aware of loose mail placed in unlocked mail boxes and theft of mail left in unlocked mail boxes for extended time periods.  Please remember that Postal Inspectors across the country work hard to protect your mail. But with deliveries to more than 100 million addresses, the Postal Inspection Service can't do the job alone.  You can protect your mail from thieves by remembering to pick up your mail promptly after delivery. Don't leave it in your mailbox overnight. If you're expecting checks, credit cards, or other negotiable items, ask a trusted friend or neighbor to pick up your mail.  This diligence will assist in the prevention of becoming a victim of identity theft. 


If you see or suspect a mail thief at work, or if you believe your mail was stolen, call police immediately 9-1-1, then call Postal Inspectors at 877-876-2455 and (press 3) or visit the below link.



Prepared by:

Detective Will Hollowell


News Release Date:



Media Follow-Up Contact:

Detective Will Hollowell 805-477-7042


Approved by:

Captain David Kenney


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