Burglary Crew Arrests
3/9/2012 6:45:00 AM
Nature of Incident:
Burglary Crew Arrests
2800 Blk Vineyard Avenue, Oxnard
Date & Time:
3-6-2011, 1:40 A.M.
Sheriff Gang Unit, Camarillo SED, Headquarters Patrol
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (W)itnesses (D)ecedent
City of Residence
Over the last week, investigators from the Los Angeles Police Department Commercial Burglary Division developed information on a sophisticated commercial burglary crew working in the Los Angeles and Ventura County area. The information was passed onto Ventura County gang investigators. The information included method of operation as well as possible targets.
On 3-6-2012, investigators from the Sheriff's Gang Unit and the Camarillo Police Department's Special Enforcement Detail set up surveillances on possible targets in the Ventura County Area. This included a lawn mower repair and supply store on Vineyard Ave. During the course of the surveillance, investigators watched a group of six individuals that appeared to be casing the lawn mower and repair business. Over the next several hours, those persons surveilled the business and conducted both vehicle and pedestrian counter surveillance techniques.
At about 1:40 AM, investigators saw a suspicious van back into the rear of the business. Investigators coordinated with patrol and K-9 units to set up a perimeter around the business. Patrol units also stopped two subjects in what was later determined to be a lookout vehicle, which was in the area. During a coordinated search of the business, two suspects attempted to flee. Both were caught by K-9's and suffered minor bite wounds. Two additional suspects were arrested inside the business.
Investigators found that in the short time it took patrol units to establish a perimeter, the suspects were able to load the van with over $60,000 in gardening equipment. This included high-end edgers, generators and concrete saws. Investigators also found that the suspects had defeated the business' alarm and removed the surveillance DVR to hide their identity.
All six suspects were booked into the Ventura County Jail for commercial burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary.
Deputy Preparing Media Release:
Sergeant Bill Schierman
Media Release Date:
Sergeant Bill Schierman 805-654-3551
Captain Monica McGrath
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).