News Story


Camarillo - Three Suspects Arrested for Series of Vehicle Burglaries
6/10/2013 8:00:00 AM


Nature of Incident:

Two Adults and One Juvenile Arrested for a Series of Vehicle Burglaries

Report Number:



700 Block of Mobil Avenue, Camarillo

Date & Time:

June 7, 2013 at 5:00 AM

Unit(s) Responsible:

Camarillo Detective Bureau

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

City of Residence


Buchanon, Tyler

Sturm, Patrick

Male Juvenile









Camarillo Patrol Deputies arrested two adults and one male juvenile for a string of vehicle burglaries in Camarillo this morning.


At 5:00 AM, deputies responded to a call of subjects breaking into vehicles in the 700 block of Mobil Avenue, in Camarillo.  When deputies arrived in the area, they saw a male juvenile who immediately fled on foot.  After a short search of the area, deputies located all three subjects.  The subjects were arrested and found to be in possession of a large quantity of stolen property.


Camarillo Detectives interviewed the suspects and learned they have been stealing property from unlocked vehicles or 'car hopping' for several months.  They admitted to opening at least 20-30 cars a night, throughout the city, over the last two months.  Detectives are still trying to identify all of the victims.  If you have been a victim of a theft from your vehicle and have not reported it to the police, please contact Detective Scott Norris (805)388-5120 or Detective Robert Shirk (805)388-5157.


Tyler Buchanon and Patrick Sturm were booked at the Ventura County Jail for burglary, possession of stolen property and conspiracy.  The male juvenile was cited for theft and released to a relative.


The Sheriff's Office would like to remind the public to remove any items of value from their vehicle and ensure the vehicles doors are locked.  These crimes are examples of 'crimes of opportunity' and could have possibly been prevented.  More importantly, we would like to thank the public for reporting this crime and encourage others to call the police anytime they observe suspicious subjects.


Prepared by:

Sergeant Pete O'Sullivan


Media Release Date:

June 7, 2013


Follow-Up Contact:

Detective Scott Norris (805)388-5120 

Detective Robert Shirk (805)388-5157



Approved by:

Commander Guy Stewart


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).