Press Release

 

Thousand Oaks - Two Arrested for Burglaries and Thefts of Automated Teller Machines
6/12/2014 10:00:00 AM

 

Nature of Incident:

Commercial Burglaries, thefts of Automated Teller Machines

 

Report Number:

RB#  14-2253

Location:

Ventura / Los Angeles & Orange Counties

 

Date & Time:

1/29//2014 @ 7:00 AM

Unit Responsible:

City of Thousand Oaks Police  - Special Enforcement Unit & Investigations Bureau

 

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

City of Residence

Age

 

 

(S) Cassano, Robert

(S) Gran, Stephen

 

Canoga Park

Los Angeles

 

46

38

 

 

Narrative:

 

 

In late January 2014, a market in the 700 block of Thousand Oaks Blvd. in the City of Thousand Oaks was the victim of a burglary.  During the burglary, the suspects stole the victim's ATM machine from inside the business.  The suspects, who were captured on security video surveillance, were seen using a metal hand dolly to smash the entry glass doors and remove the ATM.  

 

Detectives from the Special Enforcement Unit were able to determine the suspects had used a stolen vehicle to commit the burglaries, and eventually located the vehicle in the City of Canoga Park. The Special Enforcement Unit conducted surveillance of the stolen vehicle and was able to identify two suspects, Stephen Gran and Robert Cassano.   

 

Due to the area where the suspects lived, the Special Enforcement Unit began working with L.A.P.D. detectives who were also experiencing a rash of ATM burglaries.  The investigation also led detectives to the Newport Beach area where another suspect, Daniel Sweeny, was identified in ATM burglaries.  The information regarding Daniel Sweeny was given to Orange County Sheriff's Department detectives.    

    

The Ventura County investigation concluded in May 2014, with the arrest of Robert Cassano and Stephen Gran for commercial burglary and an attempt commercial burglary.  Cassano has already pled guilty and is pending sentencing.  Gran's case was filed with the Ventura County District Attorney's Office and he is pending trial. 

 

The Orange County Sheriff's Department's recently arrested of Daniel Sweeny, of Tustin, who they suspect is responsible for as many as 24 similar ATM thefts/burglaries in the Orange County area.  The Special Enforcement Unit is working with the Orange County Sheriff's Department in an attempt to link Cassano to some of the crimes Sweeny is suspected of committing.   The L.A.P.D. investigation is still ongoing.     

    

 

 

Prepared by:

Sergeant Dan Hawes

 

Media Release Date:

June 12, 2014

 

Follow-Up Contact:

Detective Jason Christmann  (805) 371-8332

jason.christmann@ventura.org

 

 

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).

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