Overnight Crime Spree Ends With Arrest Of Burglary Suspect

Nature of Incident: Overnight Crime Spree Ends with Arrest of Burglary Suspect

Report Number: 21-106394, 21-106317, 21-106375, 21-106403 and 21-106460

Location: 1000 Block of Alta Vista Rd, Simi Valley and Woodman Ave at Blackhawk St, Mission Hills

Date & Time: August 12, 4:00 am and August 16th, 6:30 pm

Unit(s) Responsible: Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Moorpark Station

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

Marion, Marcus                                                              Mission Hills, CA               33  

Wold, Gregory                                                               Porter Ranch, CA              42

Narrative: An overnight crime spree that occurred in the Santa Susanna Knolls area of Ventura County ended on the evening of August 16th with the arrest of the prime suspect.

The case began in the early morning hours of August 12th, 2021, when Ventura County Sheriff’s patrol deputies from the Moorpark Station responded to a suspicious subject call in the Santa Susanna Knolls area of Simi Valley. Deputies contacted the driver of a vehicle that was parked on the wrong side of the road and blocking traffic. They identified him as Gregory Wold, a 41- year-old male from Porter Ranch. Deputies conducted an investigation and determined that Wold was under the influence of a controlled substance. Deputies arrested Wold on that charge and during a search of Wold’s vehicle they discovered a substantial amount of suspected heroin and methamphetamine, as well as paraphernalia related to drug sales.

After Wold was arrested, deputies developed evidence indicating Wold was likely acting in concert with other suspects, in order to commit thefts in the area. Later that morning, deputies responded to five separate report calls in the same neighborhood, involving a residential burglary, a burglary of a structure, a vehicle burglary, and thefts from several unlocked vehicles. Deputies also learned that during the residential burglary, the suspects entered a closed and locked garage and stole a Honda sport utility vehicle. Patrol deputies conducted a thorough investigation and located a significant amount of evidence at the various crime scenes.

The case was then handed over to the Moorpark Station Investigations Bureau for follow up. Detectives examined the various pieces of evidence and determined that the crime spree was committed by the same group of suspects. Using a variety of investigative techniques, detectives identified the primary suspect in the crime spree as Marcus Marion, a 33-year-old transient, who frequented the Mission Hills area of the San Fernando Valley.

Over the next several days, detectives developed information leading them to believe that Marion was staying in a residence near the San Fernando Mission. On the evening of August 16th, detectives observed Marion driving a Toyota pickup truck in the area of Woodman Ave. and Blackhawk St. in Mission Hills. Detectives conducted a coordinated traffic stop and arrested Marion without incident. During a subsequent follow up investigation, detectives located additional evidence in the vehicle, that was related to the crime spree and determined the Toyota pickup truck Marion was driving, was recently reported as stolen out of the LAPD Valley Bureau. The pickup truck was turned over to the LAPD to facilitate its return to its rightful owner.

Marion was transported back to Ventura County and booked at the Ventura County Main Jail on charges of Residential Burglary, Conspiracy, and Auto Theft, stemming from the August 12th crime spree in Ventura County. His bail was set at $200,000.00. Wold was booked on drug sales and theft related charges and released on his own recognizance.

The case is ongoing and additional arrests are expected.

Prepared by: Detective Sergeant Kevin Lynch

News Release Date: August 17th, 2021

Media Follow-Up Contact: Detective Sergeant Kevin Lynch (805) 532-2716 [email protected]

Approved by: Captain Victor Fazio

Booking Photo Release: YES NO


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George Pattone

Way to go VCSD!! Too bad our “catch & release” system undoes the great work y’all do getting thieving scum druggies and “transients” off the streets…