News Story

 

Arrests Made in CVS Pharmacy Robberies
5/24/2017 5:00:00 PM

 

Nature of Incident:

Arrests Made in CVS Pharmacy Robberies Investigation

Report Number:

17-38242, 17-44663

Location:

Robberies: 700 blk Arneill Rd & 5200 blk Mission Oaks Blvd, Camarillo

Arrests: 2600 blk Balboa Street, Oxnard (El Rio)

Date & Time:

05-23-17 / 11:00 AM

Unit(s) Responsible:

Major Crimes Bureau; Federal Bureau of Investigation; Headquarters Patrol

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

City of Residence

 

(S) Loudwing Trujillo

(S) Leslie Rodriguez

El Rio

Oxnard

 

Narrative:

On 05-23-17, detectives with the Ventura County Sheriff's Major Crimes Bureau, working in conjunction with agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, arrested Loudwing Trujillo and Leslie Rodriguez in reference to two CVS pharmacy robberies that occurred in the city of Camarillo on 03-16-17 and 03-28-17. Trujillo and Rodriguez were contacted and arrested during a probation search conducted in the 2600 block of Balboa Street in El Rio.

On 03-29-17, Major Crimes investigators released a news story in reference to the robberies and asked for the public's help in identifying the suspect who was believed to have committed both robberies.  Investigators released photos of the suspect taken from surveillance video from both of the CVS stores.  During both robberies, the suspect appeared to target bottles of the medication Promethazine with Codeine. Promethazine with Codeine is a prescription-strength cough medication that has received recent notoriety due to its increased popularity as an abused drug.

Shortly after the release of the news story, Major Crimes investigators received a phone call from an anonymous citizen who identified Trujillo as the possible suspect.  Based on the information received from the anonymous caller, investigators were able to develop evidence linking Trujillo and Rodriguez to both robberies.

On 05-23-17, investigators went to a residence in the 2600 block of Balboa Street where they located Trujillo and Rodriguez.  Trujillo and Rodriguez are both currently on active adult probation for unrelated theft cases and investigators conducted a search of the residence pursuant to the terms of their probation.  Investigators found multiple bottles of Promethazine with Codeine and related evidence tending to show that Trujillo was involved in sales of the drug.  Additional evidence linking Trujillo and Rodriguez to the robberies was also found during the search.

Trujillo was arrested on charges of robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, and possession of a controlled substance for sale.  Rodriguez was arrested on charges of robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery.  Both were booked into the Pre-Trial Detention Facility.  Trujillo's bail was set at $110,000 and Rodriguez' was set at $55,000.  They are both scheduled to appear for arraignment in Ventura County Superior Court on 05-25-17.

The Ventura County Sheriff's Office would like to thank the public and media for their assistance in this investigation.  We often rely on the active participation and support from the communities we serve and this case was an example of how your information can be the lead we need to solve a case and bring suspects to justice.

The Sheriff's Office encourages those individuals who have information about other crimes to contact investigators and pass the information along.  Callers may remain anonymous.  Additionally, individuals can utilize Crime Stoppers to pass along information.  Crime Stoppers can be contacted at (800) 222-TIPS (8477)

 

Prepared by:

Sgt. Ron Chips ' Major Crimes Bureau

 

News Release Date:

05-23-17

 

Media Follow-Up Contact:

Sgt. Ron Chips

(805) 765-0617

ron.chips@ventura.org

 

 

Approved by:

Captain Melissa Smith