VENTURA, California – District Attorney Erik Nasarenko announced that Areonah Walker (DOB 07/29/03), of Riverside, and Terrion Phillips (DOB 10/13/03), of Los Angeles, were sentenced for their roles in a string of retail thefts.
Walker was sentenced to 180 days county jail and 24 months formal felony probation. Phillips was sentenced to 270 days county jail and 24 months formal felony probation. Deputy District Attorney Gerard Eugenio had urged the court to impose 2 years 8 months incarceration for each Phillips and Walker.
On November 27, 2021, Walker and Phillips entered the Ulta Beauty store in Oxnard and stole 46 bottles of perfume. They proceeded to the Ulta Beauty store in Camarillo and stole 33 bottles of perfume. At each location, the two used “booster bags” which are designed to avoid security detection. Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies were alerted and attempted to stop the vehicle driven by Phillips, who was driving at dangerous speeds during heavy holiday traffic. Phillips and Walker were eventually apprehended.
Investigators later connected Walker to thefts that occurred on October 30, 2021, at Ulta Beauty stores in Camarillo and Thousand Oaks, and at a Sephora store in Thousand Oaks.
Walker pled to five counts of felony grand theft, including the thefts committed in October. Phillips pled to two counts of felony grand theft and one felony count of evading a police officer. The total value of items stolen from Ulta Beauty was over $27,000, and items stolen from Sephora were valued at over $12,000.
Walker is being investigated for allegedly participating in 19 organized retail thefts in four other counties, amounting to losses of over $150,000. Those counties are San Bernardino, Los Angeles,
San Diego and Riverside. Because the investigation involves crimes that allegedly occurred between September through November 2021, the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office was not able to consolidate them into a Ventura County case because a cross-jurisdictional law allowing the office to do so expired on June 30, 2021. Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin has introduced legislation, AB 1613, to restore the statute.