News Story

 

Suspects arrested for Identity Theft, Forgery, Possession of Stolen Property, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, and Destruction of Evidence
8/7/2017 7:00:00 PM

 

Nature of Incident:

Suspects arrested for Identity Theft, Forgery, Possession of Stolen Property, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, and Destruction of Evidence

 

Report Number:

 

17-76141 / VPD# 17-10195

 

Location:

 

Ojai / Ventura City

 

Date:

 

Beginning March of 2017, ending August 3rd, 2017

 

Unit(s) Responsible:

 

Ojai Police Department

                             

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

City of Residence


(S) Darian Loehner

(S) Cesar Herrera

Ventura

Ventura


Narrative:

On 05/25/17, Ojai Police Department Detectives were made aware of an Ojai area business whose checks were being replicated and cashed, without the business owner's knowledge or consent.  The identity theft and forgery began during the month of March 2017, and continued for a few months before being discovered.

 

Through a lengthy investigation, detectives determined the suspects involved in the identity thefts and forgeries were girlfriend/boyfriend, (S) Darian Loehner and (S) Cesar Herrera.

 

While at the suspects' residence in the City of Ventura, detectives observed Herrera drive to the residence in a brand new 2017 Dodge Challenger Hellcat, valued at $90,963.  It was discovered at that time, the observed Dodge Challenger was purchased earlier that week in Ventura City using a fraudulently made Bank of America cashier's check for $62,000.

 

The West County Investigations Unit immediately served a search warrant on the suspects' residence, and recovered ID cards, Social Security cards, passports, checks, credit cards, and property for 117 separate victims.  In addition, the detectives recovered numerous electronic devices, printers and blank check making paper from the residence. Amongst those devices were Thermo Receipt printers, SD cards, and a POS Bank Card Scanner.

 

Loehner and Herrera were both booked into the Ventura County Main Jail on felony Identity Theft, felony Forgery, and misdemeanor Possession of Stolen Property.  In addition, Herrera was booked for felony Possession of a Stolen Vehicle and Loehner was booked for misdemeanor Destruction of Evidence.  They are both still in custody where each of their bail is currently set at $250,000.

 

It is believed most of the stolen identity theft items were taken from Ventura County citizens' mailboxes.  It is recommended that you get locking mailboxes, and put all outgoing mail in blue US Post Office bins, or bring it into your local US Post Office. It is also recommended that citizens consider protecting their property by putting up surveillance cameras around their property, and to include their vehicles and mailboxes.  The Ventura County Sheriff's Office encourages citizens to report all suspicious activity seen by calling 9-1-1.

 

Prepared by:

Detective Regan

 

News Release Date:

08/07/2017

 

Media Follow-Up Contact:

Detective Regan (605) 646-1414

 

Approved by:

Captain J. Fryhoff