SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE:
Location: 11420 North Ventura Avenue, Ojai, CA.
Date & Time/ RB#: 02/22/2009 @ 10:35 am
Unit Responsible: Ojai Police Department, Patrol / Investigations
Reyes Estrada , 26, Ojai
Ricardo Gutierrez Chavez, 24, Ojai
Sheriff’s Deputies from the Ojai Police station were dispatched to investigate two suspicious subjects sitting in a car near the Subway Store in Mira Monte. Deputies contacted the two males and found them to both be on probation with search terms for stolen property, burglary, and assorted other criminal acts. During the investigation, deputies located stolen property from vehicle and residential burglaries in the Ojai Valley and the city of Ventura. Detectives are continuing with their efforts to locate and contact additional victims.
Deputies arrested the two subjects on charges of possession stolen property, possession of burglary tools and being under the influence of controlled substances. The two subjects were booked into Ventura County Jail.
The Ojai Valley has been experiencing an increasing number of vehicle burglaries and thefts from unlocked vehicles. The arrest of these two subjects is the result of community members working with law enforcement in reporting suspicious activity, vehicles and subjects. Deputies and investigators wish to reinforce the need for community members to lock their cars and keep any valuables hidden from plain sight to help reduce the risk of being victimized.
Officer Preparing Release: Senior Deputy J. Popp
Date of Release: February 22, 2009
Approved By: Bill Boyd, Captain / Watch Commander