News Story


Matilija Canyon Trailhead - Man Arrested for Numerous Vehicle Burglaries
12/9/2013 8:00:00 AM


Nature of Incident:

Trailhead Vehicle Burglary Arrest

Report Number:

13-24646 / 13-24641 / 13-24653


Matilija Canyon Trailhead

Date & Time:

12/06/13 at 1030 hours

Unit(s) Responsible:

Ojai Investigations and Ojai Patrol

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

City of Residence


Santillan, Luis

Oak View



During the weekend of November 2, 2013, deputies from the Ojai Sheriff's Station responded to a report of several vehicle burglaries in the Matilija Canyon Trailhead parking lot.  Vehicle windows were broken out and property was taken from inside the vehicles, including purses and personal electronics.


On 12/06/13, after an extensive investigation, Ojai Detectives were able to identify a suspect, Luis Santillan, involved in the vehicle burglaries.


The Investigation revealed that Santillan had been involved in numerous vehicle burglaries in the Matilija Canyon including at the Trailhead and Hot Springs over the years.


Santillan was arrested and booked into the Ventura County Jail for PC 459 - Burglary.  Santillan's bail was set at $10,000.


The Ventura County Sheriff's Office would like to remind citizens when visiting trailheads or other open areas, to remove valuables from plain view inside the vehicle and secure them in the glove box or trunk whenever possible.




Prepared by:

Senior Deputy Mike Harris


Media Release Date:

December 9, 2013


Follow-Up Contact:

Senior Deputy Mike Harris, 805-947-8083


Approved by:

Dave Kenney, Captain



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).