Newbury Park, CA | Three Arrested For Stealing Catalytic Converters

Report Number: RB# 21-101261 & RB# 21-88770 (Camarillo)

Location: Old Conejo Road/ Wendy Drive, Newbury Park, CA

Date & Time: 08/01/2021 @ 02:30 AM

Unit(s) Responsible: Thousand Oaks Patrol, California Highway Patrol, Thousand Oaks Detectives, Camarillo Detectives

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent                 City of Residence              Age

Gabriel Dekker                                                           Riverside                                 24

Brian Lopez                                                                Los Angeles                            22

Juvenile                                                                      Colton                                     17

Narrative: On 8/1/21, at about 0230 hours, California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers observed a gray colored sedan speeding on the highway. The CHP initiated a traffic stop and the vehicle yielded at Wendy Drive near the US 101, in Newbury Park. When the vehicle stopped, the front passenger fled on foot. The CHP officer pursued the suspect for a short distance before the suspect gave up and was arrested without incident. The suspect was identified as Brian Lopez.

At the vehicle, another CHP officer had detained two subjects, the driver was identified as Gabriel Dekker and a juvenile male. While talking to the subjects, the officer noticed several saw blades, gloves, and tool kits in the vehicle.

Thousand Oaks patrol deputies were requested to respond to the location for assistance in the investigation. Officers searched the vehicle and located five recently cut catalytic converters, an industrial car jack, and a battery powered reciprocating saw in the trunk of the vehicle.

The subjects were placed under arrest. Dekker and Lopez were booked at the Ventura County Main Jail and the juvenile was lodged at Juvenile Hall.

Dekker was arrested for conspiracy to commit grand theft, possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Dekker has an arraignment date of 8/3/21, and his bail was set at $200,000.”

Camarillo Detectives learned of the arrest and were able to link the three suspects to a catalytic converter theft that occurred in July at the Home Depot in Camarillo. Camarillo Detectives charged Dekker with conspiracy to commit grand theft. Dekker’s arraignment date is set for 8/4/21, and his bail was set at $250,000.

Bryon Lopez was arrested and booked for conspiracy to commit grand theft, possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, resisting arrest, possession of a controlled substance, and an outstanding felony warrant for conspiracy to commit grand theft. Lopez has an arraignment date of 8/3/21, and his bail is set at $220,000.

Camarillo Detectives arrested Lopez for conspiracy to commit grand theft. The arraignment is set for 8/4/21, and his bail was set at $250,000.

The juvenile male was lodged at the Juvenile Justice Complex and charged with conspiracy to commit grand theft, possession of burglary tools, and possession of stolen property.

Thousand Oaks detectives are actively seeking to identify the victims of the catalytic converters located in the suspect vehicle.

Prepared by:                              Sgt. Laura Natoli #3421

News Release Date:                  08/03/21

Media Follow-Up Contact: Detective Jon Nungester 805-494-8225 or [email protected]

Approved by:                            Captain D. Cook

Booking Photo Release:          NO


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The left believes is 2nd jail time.. is this what we want? Let them steal everything from us.

Mike Smith

The Soviets organized the gulags such that the most violent criminals ‘policed’ the political prisoners. Though less brutal than the Soviet communists were, the left in America has the same philosophy today.

If it was mostly BLM or Antifa thugs that trespassed on January 6, do y’all think they would be treated as harshly as the political prisoners in D.C. now are?


Did they shoot the BLM terrorist that blew up? NOOOO.. the right always get the shaft. 1983 Flashback: Top BLM Associate Detonated Bomb In US Capitol Building – NewsWars

Mike Smith

Note the suspects’ ages and where they are from.

Times like these breed young miscreant crime — especially in the form of urbanite criminals victimizing suburban and exurban communities.

Note to reader: if you voted for Biden, you helped fuel this type of crime.


Yeah, it was a long drive from Colton/Riverside/LA to do your crime and get arrested.

Michael A...

Gotcha punks!


No sympathy.