Countywide - Suspect Arrested for Multiple Thefts at Area Golf Courses
6/5/2014 10:00:00 AM
Nature of Incident:
Thefts from Golf Courses
Ventura / Los Angeles & Orange Counties
Date & Time:
6/4//2014 @ 9:20 AM
City of Thousand Oaks Police Special Enforcement Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent
City of Residence
(S) McMillin, Karl
In January of 2013, McMillin was arrested by the Ventura Police Department for suspicion of robbery, assault, and hit and run that occurred at Olivas Golf Course on December 28, 2012. During this incident, McMillin stole a wallet from another golfer. When the victim noticed, he and his son chased McMillin into the parking lot. In an attempt to get away from the victim, McMillin struck the victim's son with his vehicle. This case is still pending in the Ventura Superior Court. McMillin was out of custody on $350,000 bail, his next court date in Ventura County is June 24, 2014.
In February 2014, McMillin was observed tampering with vehicles at the Los Robles Golf Course in the City of Thousand Oaks. When witnesses attempted to contact McMillin, he fled the area but the witnesses were able to photograph Mcmillin and capture the license plate of his vehicle.
In April, 2014, the City of Thousand Oaks Special Enforcement Unit began monitoring McMillin's actions. On numerous occasions, McMillin was observed loitering at the Los Robles Golf Course, Simi Hills Golf Course in the City of Simi Valley, and other golf courses in Ventura, Los Angeles, and Orange counties. McMillin's was observed casing for potential thefts from vehicles and/or golf bags at the various courses.
McMillin's method of operation was to walk the parking lots of the golf courses looking for unlocked vehicles, once inside the vehicle he would look for a wallet or purse and remove the victim's credit cards or cash. When not casing the parking lots for unlocked vehicles, McMillin would walk around the golf course club house's looking for unattended golf bags. McMillin would open that bag and remove credit cards, cash or valuables from inside.
The Ventura County Sheriff's Office Crime Analysis Unit has identified approximately 14 similar thefts in Ventura County within the past year.
On June 4, 2014, The Special Enforcement Unit surveilled McMillin from his residence in Ventura to the Monarch Beach Resort Golf Course in the City of Dana Point. McMillin was observed tampering with a golf bag that did not belong to him. McMillin was detained as he ran back to his vehicle. Detectives from the Special Enforcement Unit located the owner of the golf bag who confirmed a significant amount of cash had been removed from his golf bag. Two additional victims came forward who also had cash removed from their golf bags.
The City of Dana Point contracts with the Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Department for its police services. Patrol deputies responded to the scene to take crime reports and arrest McMillin for the thefts.
On 6/4/14, McMillin was booked into the Orange County Jail for the felony charge of:
Penal Code Section 666 ' Petty theft with prior convictions. Due to being out on bail in Ventura County McMillin currently has no bail. McMillin is scheduled for court in Orange County on June 6, 2014.
Detectives from the Special Enforcement Unit returned to Ventura County and subsequently served a search warrant at McMillin's residence in the City of Ventura where no additional evidence was located.
The Thousand Oaks Police Department would like to remind the public not to leave valuables inside their vehicles and to lock their vehicles at all times. Additionally, while at the golf courses to keep a vigilant eye on your golf bag. Most crooks are simply looking for crime of opportunity.
Sergeant Dan Hawes
Media Release Date:
June 5, 2014
Detective Douglas Gojkovich (805) 371-8333
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).