News Story


Camarillo Deputies Arrest Suspect During Pharmacy Robbery-In-Progress Call
9/6/2013 5:30:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Deputies Arrest Suspect for Camarillo Pharmacy Robbery

Report Number:



351 Carmen Drive, Camarillo

Date & Time:

September 4, 2013 @ 1:50 p.m.

Unit(s) Responsible:

Sheriff's Major Crimes Bureau

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

City of Residence


(S) Benamar, Mehdi




Camarillo patrol deputies responded to a 9-1-1 call of an armed robbery in progress at the CVS Pharmacy on Carmen Drive.  Upon the deputies' arrival, they saw the suspect, later identified as Mehdi Benamar, running out of the store.  Deputies pursued the suspect on foot and he was taken into custody near Carmen Drive and Daily Drive.  At the time of his arrest, Benamar was in possession of prescription medication and a replica firearm. 


Deputies recovered a large number of prescription bottles containing narcotic painkillers and anti-anxiety medication from Benamar.  The medication was later determined to be stolen from the pharmacy.  The replica firearm was very similar in appearance to a semi-automatic handgun.  Benamar was booked into the Sheriff's Pre-Trial Detention facility with a bail of $200,000.  Camarillo Police Department patrol deputies, Special Enforcement Unit, and Sheriff's Air Unit responded to the call.  The investigation is being handled by the Sheriff's Major Crimes Bureau.  There were no injuries to employees or customers.


Investigators believe Benamar may be responsible for other similar type drug store pharmacy robberies in Ventura, Los Angeles, and Santa Barbara counties.  Anyone with information about this or other possible related crimes can contact Sheriff's Major Crimes Sgt. John Gleason at (805) 384-4727 or email 


To view video footage of the suspect on this incident:



Prepared by:

Captain Don Aguilar


Media Release Date:

September 6, 2013


Follow-Up Contact:

Captain Don Aguilar (805) 797-7349


Approved by:

Captain Rob Davidson



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).