Shoplifting suspect held down by security guard until police arrive

September 12, 2012
Santa Paula Police Department

A man suspected of stealing items from a local drugstore Tuesday got into a confrontation with a security guard, who held the suspect down until Santa Paula Police arrived on the scene and found there was a warrant for the subject.

According to Interim Chief Ishmael Cordero, the incident occurred September 4 at about 6 p.m. 

The suspect, Ricardo Vargas Rivas, 33, of Santa Paula, had entered Rite Aid, located in the 200 block of East Harvard Boulevard. Rivas was allegedly observed shoplifting, and when he left the store he was followed out to the parking lot by a security guard.

“When the thief tried to get away with the goods from the drugstore,” Cordero said the security guard confronted him. Cordero said the security guard “held Rivas down until police arrived.”

Police found that Rivas - who was also carrying Arizona identification “for whatever reason,” noted Cordero - was the focus of an outstanding felony warrant issued in Ventura County. Rivas, said Cordero, was arrested on the warrant and transported to Ventura County Jail.

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