Camarillo | Suspect Arrested for Shoplifting and Burglary Tools

Ventura County Sheriff – Incident Press Release

Benito Benavides was arrested for PC 459.5 / Shoplifting and PC 466 / Possession of Burglary Tools and subsequently booked into the Ventura County Pre-Trial Detention Facility.

On 09/09/20, deputies from the Camarillo Police Directed Enforcement Unit were conducting high visibility patrols in the area of the Camarillo Premium Outlets. While in the area, they received information from a local business that a theft just occurred. The deputies were in direct contact with business security staff that provided the suspect’s description and direction in which the suspect was walking away from the area.

The suspect was located by deputies as he was trying to flee the area. The suspect, identified as Benito Benavides, was uncooperative with deputies and denied any involvement in the theft.

During the course of the investigation, deputies confirmed Benavides was wearing the clothing he stole from the business. During a search of Benavides, deputies also located wire cutters, which are commonly used by thieves while shoplifting to cut security devices from retail products.

Due to existing COVID-19 precautions currently in place to minimize exposure of inmates housed at the Ventura County Pre-Trial Detention Facility, Benavides was issued a misdemeanor citation for PC 459.5 / Shoplifting and PC 466 / Possession of a burglary tool and released from the scene.

Less than one hour later, Benavides was observed inside a different local business. A store employee observed Benavides as he concealed a laptop computer in his backpack and left without paying for the item.

The store employee contacted Camarillo Directed Enforcement Deputies directly and reported the theft. Deputies located Benavides a short distance away. Benavides was found to be in possession of the stolen property. Deputies reviewed video surveillance inside the store which confirmed Benavides’ involvement in the theft.

Benavides was arrested a second time for shoplifting and was booked into the Ventura County Pre-Trial Detention Facility. Benavides was later released from jail with a court date set in November of 2020.

This investigation, arrest, and recovery of stolen property were a direct result of a collaborative effort between the Camarillo Police Department and local businesses. Shoplifting and theft from stores, including employee and vendor theft, cost retailers billions of dollars per year. The Camarillo Police Directed Enforcement Unit focuses on theft related investigations occurring in Camarillo’s business and commercial areas, including the Outlet Mall. The deputies assigned to the unit also conduct high visibility patrols in Camarillo’s retail business areas in an effort to deter criminal activity.

The Camarillo Police Department would like to thank the members of our community for their ongoing support and due diligence in providing information to assist our agency in solving crimes and arresting those responsible. Anyone with information regarding criminal activity is encouraged to contact the Camarillo Police Department at (805) 388-5100.

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