News Story


Arrest of suspect for multiple counts of ID theft
8/23/2017 5:30:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Arrest of suspect for multiple counts of ID theft

Report Number:



Moorpark and various cities throughout California

Date & Time:

August 18, 2017, 1330 hours

Unit(s) Responsible:

Moorpark Investigations Bureau, East Valley Major Crimes / Forgery-Fraud Unit

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

City of Residence


Heywood, Justin Lee





In August 2017, detectives and investigators from the Ventura County Sheriff's Office ' Moorpark Station, initiated an investigation into a theft of a credit card and several unauthorized charges made against that credit card.  The victim reported that her new credit card, which was delivered by an Overnight Delivery Service, was stolen from her porch.  When the victim did not receive her package, she contacted the credit card company and learned that her stolen card had been activated and several fraudulent purchases were made using her access card. 


Detectives obtained surveillance video of the suspect who made the purchases and were able to positively identify the suspect as Justin Heywood.  Detectives learned that Heywood had been arrested last year for his involvement in a large scale identity theft ring.  The ID theft ring hacked into the computer system of multiple Overnight Delivery Services in order to obtain dates, times, and addresses of credit card deliveries.  The ring members stole the credit cards after they were delivered and made multiple purchases using the stolen cards.  The prior investigation determined that Heywood and other ring members were responsible for victimizing hundreds of individuals with several hundred thousand dollars in financial loss.


As part of this investigation, Moorpark Detectives served a search warrant on Heywood's home and vehicle. During the service of the warrant, detectives located several delivery service manifests, multiple stolen credit cards as well as other evidence.  The credit cards were stolen from victims in Moorpark, Thousand Oaks, and throughout California.  


Heywood was arrested and charged with felony Identity Theft and two misdemeanor drug related charges.  His bail for this current case is set at $250,000.00. 


With the advent of on-line purchasing and the use of Overnight and Rapid Delivery Services, the opportunity for package theft and identity theft has increased significantly.  The Ventura County Sheriff's Office recommends taking additional precautions to ensure the safe delivery of purchases by considering the following measures:  have packages delivered directly to the Post Office, to your work, or directly to a friend or family member who can sign for their acceptance.  A few minutes of inconvenience can reduce or eliminate the likelihood of future victimization.       



Prepared by:

Detective Sergeant Kevin Lynch


News Release Date:

August 23, 2017


Media Follow-Up Contact:

Detective Sergeant Kevin Lynch

(805) 532-2716



Approved by:


Captain John Reilly