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Thousand Oaks - Gym Locker Burglary Suspects Arrested
6/2/2014 12:00:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Arrest of Gym Locker Burglary Suspects

Report Number:



Thousand Oaks / Simi Valley

Date & Time:

5/30/14  2:30 PM

Unit Responsible:

Thousand Oaks Police Investigations Unit


City of Residence



James Oneil

Avree Tisinger

Simi Valley

Simi Valley








On 5/30/14, James Oneil (age 31) and Avree Tisinger (age 25) of Simi Valley were arrested for several felony theft charges after being connected to numerous burglaries that occurred at local gyms in Thousand Oaks. 

Over the past several months, the city of Thousand Oaks had seen an increase in burglaries to lockers at the local health clubs. Those clubs included Gold's Gym, 24 hour Fitness and Spectrum Club.  

Sheriff's Investigators were able to link Oneil and Tisinger to several of the burglaries and identity theft type crimes.  

The investigation revealed the suspects would enter the health clubs using day passes commonly given out by the health clubs. The suspects alleged that they would look for locks that still had the combination code sticker from the back, which gave them access into the lockers.

After entering the lockers, the suspects took cash and credit cards.  They used the cards before the victims had a chance to cancel them, and were often able to get cash advances at ATMs using the victim's debit/credit cards by trying the date of birth from the victims as the passcode, which reportedly worked on occasion.  

Tisinger and Oneil were booked into the Ventura County Jail for numerous charges related to theft and identity theft. 



Prepared by:

Sergeant Jason Robarts #2948



Media Release Date:

June 2nd, 2014


Follow-Up Contact:

Detective Kelly Roark   (805) 494-8219


Approved by:

Captain Mike Hartmann



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).