Santa Paula man was arrested on suspicion of Ventura car burglaries
By Peggy Kelly
Santa Paula News
Published: August 30, 2013
By Peggy Kelly
Santa Paula Times
A Santa Paula man was arrested early Monday after being detained on a Ventura property where police found goods taken from unlocked cars parked in a residential neighborhood.
According to Ventura Police, the incident, classified as a “prowling arrest,” occurred August 26 at 6:02 a.m. in the 1000 block of Sharon Lane. Ventura Police received a 911 call of two males and one female “peering into the windows of parked vehicles in the area of Woodstock Lane and Pierpont Boulevard,” and while officers were being dispatched the caller said a car alarm had just gone off in the neighborhood.
When Ventura Police arrived on scene they saw two male subjects running toward the south end of Sharon Lane and a perimeter was established. According to the VPD statement, “A few minutes later, an officer that was on the perimeter observed the suspect,” 28-year-old Richard Vasquez of Santa Paula, “walk out of the side yard of a residence in the 1000 Block of Sharon Lane.”
Vasquez was detained and officers determined he was a resident of Santa Paula with “no reason to be on the victim’s private property.” Officers contacted the residents, who told police Vasquez was not known to them and did not have permission to be in their yard.
When the yard was searched investigating officers found several items of property discarded to the rear of victim’s home. “The property was determined to have been taken from unlocked vehicles that were parked in the immediate area,” and Ventura Police returned the items to the victims and several theft reports were filed.
No additional suspects were located. Vasquez was arrested without incident and booked at the Ventura County Main Jail for prowling.