News Story


Arrests of Retail Burglary Crew
3/29/2017 8:24:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Arrest of organized retail burglary suspects

Report Number:

RB# 17-44380


300 block of West Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA

Date & Time:

03/28/17 at 10:30 AM

Unit Responsible:

Thousand Oaks Police Investigations Bureau

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

City of Residence


Hooker, Damon

Grayson, Kyrie

Vanderbilt, Shakia

Pittman, Precious



Union City

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco






On March 28th, 2017, investigators assigned to Thousand Oaks Police Department arrested four suspects involved in a series of commercial burglaries occurring in the City of Thousand Oaks, the City of Camarillo and several other locations throughout Southern California.


On March 1st, 2017, deputies responded to a theft call at a business located in the 300 block of West Hillcrest Drive in the City of Thousand Oaks.  Responding deputies learned that four subjects entered the business and stole about $2,000 worth of merchandise.  Thousand Oaks Police Investigators later learned the group committed five other burglaries that day extending from the City of Glendale to the City of Camarillo.  In all, the suspects were responsible for stealing over $10,000 dollars in merchandise.         


Thousand Oaks Police Investigators, working closely with private businesses and other law enforcement agencies, were able to identify one of the suspects as San Francisco resident Kyrie Grayson.  Investigators believed Grayson and the other three suspects were part of a larger organized retail theft group called the 'Rainbow Crew.'  The Rainbow Crew is believed to regularly travel up and down the coast committing numerous burglaries and strong-armed robberies at various retail stores.  Investigators estimate the Rainbow Crew has been responsible for stealing over $100,000 from Los Angeles and Ventura County retail stores and upwards of a million dollars throughout California. 


On March 28th, 2017, at about 1030 hours, Thousand Oaks Police Investigators received information the subjects returned to a retail store in the 300 block of West Hillcrest Drive.  Deputies located the suspects as they left in a vehicle.  When deputies attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver fled and a pursuit was initiated.  Deputies pursued the vehicle north on US 101 to the Rincon area where the pursuit was turned over to the California Highway Patrol.   CHP officers deployed spike strips and were able to stop the car on US 101 in Gaviota.     


CHP officers detained four subjects and turned them over to responding Thousand Oaks Police Investigators.  The suspects were identified as, Kyrie Grayson, Damon Hooker, Shakia Vanderbilt and Precious Pittman.  Thousand Oaks Police Investigators located $15,000 in stolen property inside the vehicle and determined it had been taken from a Los Angeles County burglary earlier in the day.  Investigators also positively identified Grayson and Pittman as being involved in the March 1st burglaries. 


All four subjects were arrested for 182(a)(1) PC / Conspiracy to commit a crime, multiple counts of  459 PC / Burglary, and 466 PC/  possession of burglary tools.  Grayson was arrested on the additional charge of  2800.2(a) PC / felony evading.


All four subjects were booked into the Ventura County jail where they remain on $250,000 bail pending trial. 


Criminal activity commonly crosses jurisdictional boundaries.  The suspects in this case traveled hundreds of miles to commit their crimes.  During the course of the investigation, Thousand Oaks Police Investigators worked with the San Francisco Police Department and several private businesses.  The cooperative effort was a key factor in identifying and arresting the four suspects.  



Prepared by:

Sergeant Peter Frank


Media Release Date:

March 29, 2017


Media Follow-Up Contact:

Detective Jason Louis




Approved by:

Captain Bill Schierman