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Ojai - Detectives Seek Help Identifying Burglary Suspect
5/16/2017 2:33:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Burglary of Structures


Report Number:

RB #17-35617


700 block of Matilija Canyon Road

Ventura County/Ojai area


Date & Time:

March 11, 2017 @ 1600 hours

Unit(s) Responsible:

Ojai Detectives 


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

City of Residence


(S) Unknown 


18-20 yrs



On March 11, 2017, at approximately 1600 hours, an unknown suspect(s) broke several windows from separate structures located in the rural 700 block of Matilija Canyon Road.  This property is located next to the Matilija Dam in upper Ojai, off Highway 33.  The suspect(s) entered these buildings and stole various items from inside.  Surveillance cameras caught four parties in and around the area at the time of the crime.  In addition, one of the three parties captured on the surveillance camera is seen in the attached photograph holding a green handled knife.  This knife was visually identified by the victim as being consistent with the same one stolen from inside the structure. 


At this time, Ojai Detectives are requesting assistance in possibly identifying any of these four parties. You can view the suspect photographs on our Facebook page and Twitter account.

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.


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).

Prepared by:

Detective Hollowell

News Release Date:


Media Follow-Up Contact:

Detective Hollowell 805-477-7042

Approved by:

Captain James Fryhoff