News Story

 

Moorpark - Two Arrested for Identity Theft Laboratory Operation
1/12/2018 4:00:00 PM

 

Nature of Incident:

Arrest and seizure of Identity Theft Laboratory

Report Number:

2017-189083

Location:

28900 Block of Crest drive, Agoura Hills

Date & Time:

January 18th, 2018, 0600 hours

Unit(s) Responsible:

County Narcotics detectives, Thousand oaks Investigations Bureau, Los

Angeles County Sheriff's Department ' Jail Intelligence Unit

Moorpark Sheriff's Patrol Bureau, Moorpark Investigations Bureau, East

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age

(A) Laura Lyons    Agoura Hills  29

(A) Ewao Butler   Los Angeles  31

Narrative:

On December 10

of a possible shoplifting in progress at a local Department Store in the City of Moorpark. Upon

their arrival, deputies spoke with Store Loss Prevention and learned they were monitoring three

individuals they suspected were committing identity theft, by using forged or fictitious credit cards.

The three subjects were detained and ultimately arrested by the deputies on outstanding arrest

warrants and unrelated drug charges. All three subjects were booked at the Ventura County Jail.

During their arrest, patrol deputies located and seized evidence from the suspects that suggested

they were involved in identity theft.

The case was forwarded to the Moorpark Investigations Bureau, who initiated an investigation.

During the course of their investigation, which lasted about four weeks, detectives and

investigators uncovered a significant amount of identity theft tied to the suspects. The type of

identity theft that was committed by the suspects was technical and showed a high degree of

sophistication. During their investigation, detectives authored a search warrant for a residence in

the neighboring community of Agoura Hills in Los Angeles County. During the preparation for the

search warrant, detectives learned that the Jail Intelligence Unit of the Los Angeles County

Sheriff's Department was investigating the same suspects and was preparing a search warrant for

the same residence, as well as a neighboring residence, for an unrelated narcotics investigation.

th, 2017, patrol deputies from the Moorpark Sheriff's Station responded to a call

As a result, the investigation became a collaborative effort between the LA County Sheriff's

Department and the Ventura County Sheriff's Office. On January 11

investigators from the LA County Sheriff's Department served a search warrant at one of the

residences while detectives from the Ventura County Sheriff's Office simultaneously served a

search warrant at the neighboring address. In total, 12 persons were detained between both

addresses.

The search warrant resulted in the arrest of four individuals by investigators from the LA County

Sheriff's Department for narcotics charges and outstanding arrest warrants. Detectives from the

Ventura County Sheriff's Office arrested three individuals for identity theft related charges.

Detectives from Ventura County also obtained a significant amount of evidence to support the

furthering of their identity theft investigation, including embossers, skimmers, computers and blank

credit cards.

Ewao Butler of Los Angeles was arrested for several identity theft related charges and is being

held at the Ventura County jail in lieu of $50,000.00 bail. Laura Lyons of Agoura Hills also was

arrested for several identity theft related charges and is being held at the Ventura County jail in

lieu of $50,000.00 bail. A third individual was arrested but later released with no charges.

The investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are expected in this case.

th, 2018, deputies and

Prepared by:

Detective Sergeant Kevin Lynch

News Release Date:

January 12, 2018

Media Follow-Up Contact:

(805) 947-8151

Detective Sergeant Kevin Lynch

Kevin.lynch@ventura.org

Approved by:

Captain John Reilly

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