Husband and Wife Arrested | Suspects in Stealing from Area Target Stores

Ventura County Sheriff – Incident Press Release 

During the Month of April 2018, Detectives from the Thousand Oaks Police Department began an investigation of a husband and wife who were working together to commit numerous thefts from various Target department stores. The husband was identified as local musician, David Hooper. The wife was identified as Dr. Elizabeth Hooper who works as a pediatrician in Los Angeles.

Detectives worked closely with Target loss prevention officers and gathered evidence of the Hooper’s organized retail theft dating back to January of 2018. The Hooper’s completed the thefts by fraudulently manufacturing bar codes and affixing them to items of greater value. The Hooper’s would then use the “self-checkout” lanes to surreptitiously pay for the items with the fraudulent bar codes. Target estimated the Hooper’s stole approximately $2,396.00 worth of merchandise from Target stores located in Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, and Woodland Hills.

On April 26, 2018, detectives served a search warrant at the Hooper’s residence located in the 2600 block of Lander Court in the City of Thousand Oaks. As a result of the search warrant, detectives located evidence of the fraudulent bar code manufacturing as well as several items of stolen Target merchandise. Elizabeth Hooper was at home during the service of the search warrant and was arrested and booked into the Ventura County Main Jail without incident for PC 487(a) / Grand Theft and PC 182(a)(1) / Conspiracy. Her Bail was set at $20,000.00. David

Hooper was not in the state at the time of the search warrant service.

On April 30, 2018, David Hooper met with detectives at the Thousand Oaks Police station regarding the investigation. Hooper was arrested and booked into the East County Jail without incident for PC 487(a) / Grand Theft and PC 182(a)(1) / Conspiracy. His bail was set at $20,000.00.

 


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