Moorpark - Two Juveniles Arrested for Numerous Thefts from Vehicles
5/20/2013 2:20:00 PM
Nature of Incident:
Thefts from Vehicles
11900 block of River Grove Court, Moorpark
Date & Time:
May 13th, 2013 at 0415 hours
Moorpark Patrol / Moorpark Investigations
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent
City of Residence
S1 - Male Juvenile
S2- Male Juvenile
On May 10th, 2013, deputies from the Moorpark Police Department responded to numerous calls of thefts from vehicles from residents who live in the Peach Hill and Buttercreek communities of Moorpark. Patrol deputies responded and learned the thefts occurred early in the morning hours on May 10th. In each of the cases, unknown suspects entered the victim's unlocked vehicles and stole items from the vehicles. The suspects stole iPhones and iPods among other items.
On May 13th, 2013, at approximately 4:20 a.m., deputies responded to a suspicious subject call in the 11900 block of River Grove Court in Moorpark. Responding deputies encountered a sixteen-year-old male subject who appeared to be hiding items in nearby bushes. They determined the subject was on probation for robbery. The juvenile was found to be in possession of several cellular telephones and iPods.
Deputies also located a twelve-year-old male subject hiding behind a car that was parked in a nearby driveway. This juvenile was also found to be in possession of an iPod and other items.
A canvass of the neighborhood revealed several vehicles, all of which were left unlocked, that had been opened and rummaged through. Several of the vehicles had items stolen from them, and the two male juveniles were in possession of several of the stolen items. As a result of the investigation by patrol deputies, the two juveniles were arrested for Conspiracy to Commit Theft, Theft, and Possession of Stolen Property.
Follow-up investigation by detectives from the Moorpark Investigations Unit revealed additional stolen property at one of the juvenile's home from the thefts that occurred on May 10th. Detectives also located discarded stolen property from the May 13th thefts.
The investigation revealed the suspects committed crimes of opportunity in these instances. They searched for vehicles that were unlocked, and after rifling through the vehicles, they stole items of value from the cars.
Residents in these neighborhoods and throughout Moorpark are reminded to lock their vehicles and their homes to prevent these types of crimes from occurring. Residents are also encouraged to report any suspicious behavior to the Ventura County Sheriff's Office.
Sergeant Eric Tennessen
Media Release Date:
May 15th, 2013
Detective Kevin Lynch 805-532-2714
Captain Steve Wade
Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which 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 800-222-TIPS (8477).