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Arrests Made in Thousand Oaks Identity Theft Ring
6/9/2011 6:50:00 AM


Nature of Incident: Identity Theft Ring Busted
Locations: 2400 block of Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA
Date & Time/ RB#: June 3, 2011 @ 3:00 p.m. / RB# 11-12513
Unit Responsible: Thousand Oaks Police Department Investigations Bureau
Arrestees:City of Residence:Age
Bryce Karsten Tubb Newbury Park, CA 39
Dyral Donnell Smith Los Angeles, CA 50
Marina Araceli Elizalde Pomona, CA 33
Paul Joseph Gonzales Jr.Pomona, CA 26
On June 3, 2011, Thousand Oaks deputies contacted four suspicious people at a local Newbury Park hotel room. Inside the room, deputies discovered drug paraphernalia and a large-scale fraudulent check operation. The discovery initiated a joint investigation between the Thousand Oaks Police Department Fraud Unit and the United States Secret Service. The two agencies worked together to serve a search warrant at the hotel. The search led to the discovery of a plethora of evidence connecting this organized group to a conspiracy to create fraudulent checks, counterfeit government documents, and commit identity theft of local citizens. Bryce Tubb, Dyral Smith, Marina Elizalde and Paul Gonzales were arrested for numerous felony charges. In addition, three of the ring members had additional outstanding arrest warrants related to drugs, forgery and identity theft. All four arrestees were booked into the Ventura County Pre-Trial Detention Facility.
The Thousand Oaks Police Department encourages citizens to protect their identity from theft. Please visit for identity theft prevention tips.
Officer Preparing Release: Sergeant Jeff Miller
Follow-up Contact: Detective Darin Rich / (805) 494-8232
Date of Release: June 7, 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