News Story


Grand Theft of Rare Plants / Arrest
12/2/2016 5:00:00 PM


Nature of Incident:


Grand theft of rare plants/ Arrest

Report Number:



500 block of Prospect Street, Oakview, CA

Date & Time:

On 11/18/2016 between 1100 and 1200 hours  

Unit(s) Responsible:

Ojai Patrol and Ojai Station Detectives

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

City of Residence


(S) King, Cassidy  






On 11/18/2016, an unknown suspect entered the Desert Images Nursery, located in the 500 block of Prospect Street in the unincorporated area of Oakview, and took two rare plants.  Those plants were a Haworthia Trungata and a Haworthia Maughani, valued at $750 and $500 respectively.  The victim reported the theft to police on 11/23/2016. 

At the time of the report, the manager recalled only one customer entering the greenhouse where the plants were located and noticed him in the area of the missing plants. The manager also noted the personalized license plate on the vehicle the suspect was driving and provided that information to detectives from the Ojai Police Station. Detectives followed up on the information and were able to show the manager a photographic lineup.  The manager positively identified Cassidy King of Carpinteria as the suspect.  

Over the course of the following week, detectives searched for King and ultimately located him at his home on 12/2/2016.  King was interviewed and confessed to the theft.  Detectives recovered the stolen plants and later returned to them to the rightful owner.

King was arrested for the plant theft and is currently out of custody awaiting his court appearance.

With the holiday season in full swing, the Ojai Police Department would like to remind everyone to report suspicious activity. Package and ornament theft is high this time of year.  When possible, obtain a license plate number of suspicious vehicles as the information often leads to solving crimes.

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. 


Prepared by:

Detective Joe Mulrooney


Media Release Date:



Follow-Up Contact:

Detective J. Mulrooney 805-477-7038


Approved by:

Captain D. 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).