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Thousand Oaks Vehicle Burglaries- Suspects Arrested and Stolen Property Recovered
6/24/2011 10:21:00 AM


Nature of Incident: Vehicle Burglary Suspects Arrested

Location: Wildwood Park and 800 Block of Warwick Avenue, Thousand Oaks, Ca.

Date & Time / RB#: June 21, 2011 @ 8:30 P.M / RB# 11-14078 & 11-14094
June 22, 2011 @ 7:40 P.M / RB# 11-14164

Units Responsible: Thousand Oaks Police Department Investigations Bureau

SuspectCity of Residence Age
Nichoas Paulsen Thousand Oaks 20
JuvenileThousand Oaks 14

During the past month, the City of Thousand Oaks has experienced several thefts from vehicles in the Open Space parks and around Wilbur Road. During the thefts, unidentified suspects entered both locked and unlocked vehicles. The suspects primarily target personal items that were in plain view.

Over the past two days, Thousand Oaks Police patrol deputies were able to apprehend two unrelated burglars.

The first arrest happened on June 21, 2011. Alert citizens called and notified the Thousand Oaks Police Department about two suspicious juvenile subjects that had broken into a vehicle parked on Warwick Avenue. Patrol officers responded and observed two male teens that matched the citizens' description of the thieves. One suspect was immediately apprehended at the location, but the other suspect was able to flee the scene. The detained suspect was found to be in possession of stolen property from two recent thefts from vehicles. The 14 year-old burglar was arrested and lodged into Ventura County Juvenile Hall on several felonies, including vehicle burglary and possession of stolen property.

The second arrest occurred on June 22, 2011, when visitors to Wildwood Park had secured their vehicle in the parking lot and went for a hike on the open space trails. Burglar Nichoas Paulsen watched the hikers depart the parking area. He then gained access into the victim's car and stole numerous personal items. Paulsen fled the scene before detection.

Once the hikers returned, they found their car ransacked. Alert citizens provided tips to the responding patrol officers.

Thousand Oaks Police Officers are assigned to specific neighborhoods. It is an effective way of community policing so that officers can interact with the residents. In this case, the responding officer immediately recognized the description of the suspect as a local criminal named Nichoas Paulsen. The officer knew exactly where Paulsen resides. In minutes, police officers found Paulsen at his house. He was in possession of the stolen property from the car burglary at Wildwood Park. Paulsen was arrested for Grand Theft, Possession of Narcotics and Under the Influence of Narcotics. He was booked into the Ventura County Jail on Felony and Misdemeanor Charges.

Thousand Oaks Police Department would not have arrested either suspect without crucial tips from the public. Citizens are encouraged to report any suspicious activity, as it often helps us with a lead that solves the crime. Residents are also reminded not to leave purses, bags or other valuables visible in their cars. Items left in the passenger area become an invitation for thieves to break a car window in order to steal 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 this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 805-494-TALK .

Officer Preparing Release: Detective Captain Tim Hagel

Follow-up Contact: Detective Matt Young / (805) 494-8227

Date of Release: June 23, 2011

Approved By: Captain Tim Hagel

Ventura County Sheriff's Department
800 N Victoria Ave
San Buenaventura, CA 93003

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 805-654-9511