Ventura | Alleged Vandals Arrested for Spraying Empty Toys R Us

Ventura Police Department – Incident Press Release

On February 9th at 4:44 AM  the Ventura Police Department Command Center received a call from a security guard who reported that he caught two subjects in the process of spray painting the side of a building at 2975 Johnson Dr., the former Toys R Us. The security guard said the two subjects fled from the area on foot, although a vehicle that possibly belonged to them was still parked near the building.

Officers responded to the scene and upon arrival observed two subjects, later identified as Edgar Cardenas and Victor Rivas, walking a short distance away and detained them. Cardenas and Rivas matched the description of the two subjects given to dispatch by the security guard.

During a search of Cardenas and Rivas, officers found them to be in possession of graffiti tools and there was physical evidence that indicated they had recently been using spray paint. Inside the vehicle, which belonged to Cardenas, officers found additional evidence showing them to be involved in the vandalism.

Both were arrested for felony vandalism for causing more than $400 in damage, possession of graffiti tools and conspiracy to commit vandalism. Rivas had an additional charge of being in possession of a controlled substance.

A review of the Ventura County Superior Court website shows that Cardenas has a prior conviction in 2017 for carrying a loaded firearm. Rivas did not show to have any prior convictions.

The public can report damage from graffiti by leaving a message on the City of Ventura’s Graffiti Removal Hotline number at 654-7805.

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