News Story


Moorpark - Teen Arrested for Arson and Burglary at Local Middle School
8/22/2013 3:00:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Arson and Burglary

Report Number:



Mesa Verde Middle School ' 14000 Peach Hill Road, Moorpark CA. 93021

Date & Time:

8-21-13 / 0055 hours

Unit(s) Responsible:

Moorpark Police Department / Sheriff's Arson Investigators

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

City of Residence


Male Juvenile





On 8-21-13, Ventura County Sheriff's deputies working out of the Moorpark Police Station responded to an alarm call at Mesa Verde Middle School in the City of Moorpark. 

Patrol deputies responded to the school and immediately noticed evidence of a break in to the administration building windows.  While the deputies were examining the building, a male juvenile exited the door of the school and he was immediately detained by the deputies.

As the deputies continued their investigation, they noticed flames inside the building.  The deputies forced entry to the school, located a small fire, and used fire extinguishers to put out the fire.  No other persons or suspects were found inside the building.  Ventura County Fire Department personnel arrived soon after and ensured there was no other fire danger inside the school. 

Deputies searched the juvenile and found fire starting materials and burglary tools in his possession.  The juvenile was arrested and later interviewed by an investigator.  The investigator determined the juvenile was responsible for breaking into the school and for starting the fire inside the school.  He was transported to Juvenile Hall where he was booked for Burglary and Arson.

The damage caused by the fire was minimal (no cost estimation) and there was no disruption to school functions.


Prepared by:

Sergeant Eric Tennessen 805-532-2716


Media Release Date:

August 21st, 2013


Follow-Up Contact:

Sergeant Eric Tennessen 805-532-2716


Approved by:

Captain Stephen 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).