Santa Paula man arrested on suspicion of vehicle burglary, prowling
By Peggy Kelly
Santa Paula News
Published: January 09, 2013
A 25-year-old Santa Paula man was arrested early Saturday on suspicion of stealing from a vehicle and prowling in a Ventura neighborhood, after a resident heard a noise outside their window.
According to a Ventura Police statement, “An alert citizen” in the 6300 block of Hunter Street - which runs parallel to West Telegraph Road east and west of North Victoria Avenue - reported “hearing a commotion to the front of their residence” at about 3:45 a.m. January 5. When the witness looked outside they saw a man attempting to crouch down out of sight under the front of a neighbor’s vehicle; the resident called the police.
When Ventura Police officers arrived on scene they found several vehicles in the neighborhood had been tampered with. A K-9 officer was called to the scene to help search for the suspect and quickly located Michael Wear, 25, of Santa Paula, a short distance from the location where he had first been reported by the resident.
Officers found Wear was in possession of stolen property taken from one of the tampered vehicles. Wear was arrested for suspicion of possession of stolen property, prowling and vehicle tampering, and was booked into Ventura County Jail.
Ventura Police said the investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call VPD at 339-4441.