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Camarillo - Housecleaner Arrested for Stealing More Than $30,000 in Jewelry
10/10/2013 9:00:00 AM


Nature of Incident:

Housecleaner arrested for stealing more than $30,000 in jewelry from elderly victims throughout Ventura County.


Report Number:

13-22718 and 13-21120


Occurred in Camarillo, Oxnard, Moorpark and Ventura

Date & Time:

Arrest was on 10/10/2013 at 9:00 a.m.

Unit(s) Responsible:

Camarillo Investigations Unit and Camarillo Special Enforcement Unit

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

City of Residence


(S) Manuel Cervantes Moreno




The Camarillo Investigative Unit arrested Manuel Cervantes Moreno for stealing more than $30,000 in jewelry from five different victims throughout Ventura County while he was employed as their housecleaner.


In September of this year, Camarillo Detectives began investigating several reports of the theft of jewelry from houses in Leisure Village.  Investigators discovered other grand theft of jewelry reports that had been taken in Camarillo, Moorpark, Oxnard and Ventura.  Many of the victims were elderly.  In all of these cases, Moreno and his mother had been employed as housecleaners.  The first report was filed in April of this year. 


On October 10th, 2013, Camarillo Detectives, along with the Camarillo Special Enforcement Unit, served a search warrant on Moreno's residence.  During the search, detectives found illegal narcotics, ammunition, and stolen property.  Moreno was subsequently arrested with no other suspects identified.    


Moreno was booked into the Ventura County Jail for five counts of grand theft, possession of stolen property, possession of illegal narcotics, under the influence of narcotics, and possession of ammunition by a felon.  His current bail is set at $150,000.00. 


If you have used the services of Manuel Cervantes Moreno and believe you are the victim of a crime, please contact Detective J. Novak at 805-388-5115. 



The Camarillo Police Department would like to remind people when hiring house cleaners, plumbers, electricians, or general contractors around your house, to hire only people who are licensed and bonded.  It is also a good idea to ask for references and then verify the references. 




Prepared by:

Detective Julie Novak


Media Release Date:



Follow-Up Contact:

Detective Julie Novak

Camarillo Police 3701 Las Posas Road in Camarillo




Approved by:

Captain Bill Ayub