The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office and the Santa Paula Police Department conducted a joint investigation into several theft related crimes that occurred in their respective jurisdiction.
During the month of July, both agencies had a rise in theft related crimes. During this time, the Fillmore Detective Bureau arrested a 33-year-old Santa Paula transient for stealing approximately 80 feet of telecommunication wires from Southern California Edison utility poles costing the victim approximately $10,000 to replace.
The telecommunication lines flanked the roadway of South Mountain Road near Balcom Canyon Road in the unincorporated area of Ventura County near Santa Paula. Both agencies worked together and located evidence related to this theft, which led them to identify suspects living in the Santa Clara River bottom. In addition, the Santa Paula Police Detectives also had evidence the same suspects may be responsible for committing theft crimes within the city of Santa Paula.
The operation resulted in nine people being arrested during the search of the river bottom: two for outstanding warrants and seven for drug charges. One of the nine arrestees had an additional charge of possessing stolen property, and another of the nine arrestees had an additional charge of being in possession of a deadly weapon. All nine arrestees were transported and booked at the Pre-Trial Detention Facility. Various items of recovered property are currently being held at the Santa Paula Police Station pending owner identification.
Anyone with information pertaining to this crime or any other crimes are urged to contact The Fillmore Police Station @ (805) 524-2233 or The Santa Paula Police Department @ (805) 525-4474. The reporting party may remain anonymous.