Ventura purse snatcher arrested — Suspect Pretended to be potential renter

and arial, sale sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;”>On June 21st, search Tuesday at 10:50AM officers from Ventura Police Department responded to a call of a possible purse snatching with the female suspect being chased by a citizen.  Officers arrived and found that the citizen had successfully detained the suspect nearby. 

Investigation revealed that 50 year old Oxnard resident, Rosemary Gutierrez had entered nearby residence and pretended to be interested in renting the property from the owner.  When the owner allowed her inside, she initially stole a cell phone, but then replaced it.  After doing that, she saw the victim’s purse and concealed it in her own bag.  The victim noticed her purse missing and confronted Gutierrez, who ran.  The victim’s son chased Gutierrez and detained her until police arrival.

The victim’s purse was recovered and returned to her.  Gutierrez was arrested and booked at the Ventura County Jail for 459 PC – Burglary.

This investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information is encouraged to call the Ventura Police Detectives at (805) 339-4488.  

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