News Story


Oak View, 664 PC/ 211 PC - Attempt Robbery
9/20/2011 7:20:00 AM


On 9-19-11 at approximately 12:22 pm, Ojai Valley Patrol Deputies responded to the Thrifty Gas Station at 795 North Ventura Avenue in Oak View for a report of a robbery. 


A witness reported seeing a male subject dressed in black, wearing a black hoodie sweatshirt, run out of the Thrifty Gas Station and drive off in a black Chevrolet pick-up truck west bound on Mahoney Avenue. 


Deputies contacted the store clerk, who stated the above described subject entered the store also wearing white gloves.  The subject demanded money, however, when a patron in the store ran out the front doors of the business, the subject also ran out of the store without getting any money or property.


An extensive search of the area was conducted with several patrol units including detective units and the Sheriff's Office Helicopter.  A detective unit observed a black Chevrolet pick-up truck parked along the side of the road on Burnham Road in the area of Los Encinos Road.  The driver, Ryan Tracy, exited the vehicle and started to walk away from it.  Tracy was contacted and detained for further investigation.  After further investigation, a black hoodie, black pants, and white/gray work gloves were found inside the vehicle.


Upon reviewing the security video, Tracy was taken into custody for the attempted robbery.  During the interview with detectives, evidence was obtained to arrest Tracy for the crime.  Tracy was booked for Attempted Robbery and being Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance.  The investigation is being handled by the Ojai Station Detectives.