Thousand Oaks / Burglary Arrest
4/3/2012 7:30:00 AM
Nature of Incident:
5000 block of Carmento Drive, Oak Park, CA
Date & Time:
March 18, 2012 @ 9:00 a.m.
East County Investigations Bureau
Thousand Oaks Special Enforcement Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (W)itnesses (D)ecedent
City of Residence
(S) Castillejo, Artemio Rigio
Over the last few months, several residents in the City of Thousand Oaks and the community of Oak Park have been victimized by thieves. These suspects have targeted high-end bicycles from open garages. In response, Sheriff's patrol deputies, as well as detectives from the East County Investigations Bureau and Thousand Oaks Special Enforcement Unit, have utilized directed patrol methods and other investigative techniques to try to identify the suspects.
On March 18, 2012, detectives received a break in the case. Artemio Castillejo was identified as a suspect in the crimes after he stole a bicycle in the 5000 block of Carmento Drive in Oak Park. Castillejo attempted to avoid capture when he fled on foot from patrol deputies after they conducted a traffic stop on his vehicle. He was captured a short distance away and the stolen bicycle, valued at approximately $10,000.00, was recovered from his vehicle. Castillejo was booked at the Ventura County Jail on one count of felony burglary and one count of resisting arrest. Neither Castillejo nor the deputies received any significant injuries from the incident.
Information received during this investigation has led detectives to believe Castillejo was responsible for several other similar thefts of high-end bicycles. Unfortunately, no other bicycles have been recovered.
The Ventura County Sheriff's Office would like to remind citizens to close their garage doors. Unattended garages act as invitations for thieves to enter and steal property. We also encourage citizens to report suspicious activity, as it may produce a lead that could potentially solve a crime.
The recovery of stolen property can be greatly aided when the serial numbers of the items are known. Therefore, we suggest that you document the serial numbers of bicycles and other high-end items. Another method commonly used to identify valuables is to engrave a driver's license number or other unique number on your property.
Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for these types of crimes. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).
Deputy Preparing Media Release:
Detective Mike Ferguson
Media Release Date:
March 27, 2012
Detective Mike Ferguson / (805) 494-8222
Captain Bill Ayub