Shoplifter pretends to pull handgun on security at Ventura WalMart

Just past 3pm Wednesday afternoon, October 8th, Ventura Police Officers were called to the Walmart at 1739 S. Victoria Ave. The store’s loss prevention security officers reported they had a shoplifter in custody.

During the investigation Police learned that the suspect, later identified as 23 year old Oxnard resident Juan Olmos, was suspected of stealing items from inside the store. When the loss prevention officers went to contact Olmos regarding the possible shoplifting, he produced a handgun from his waistband and threatened them. Fearing for their safety, store security backed away and allowed Olmos to leave. Although not known at the time, the handgun Olmos was in possession of was actually an airsoft gun he had just stolen from the store. As he was walking through the parking lot, Olmos noticed the loss prevention officers were still following him. Olmos pointed the handgun at them and began firing with the airsoft gun. Realizing now that the handgun for it really was, store security chased after Olmos and were able to detain him behind the store. Officers arrived and took custody of the shoplifter.

Olmos was arrested and later booked into the Ventura County Jail for Robbery.

No one was injured as a result of this crime.

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