Caught by surveillance cameras SPPD asks public to help catch suspects

February 07, 2014
Santa Paula News

By Peggy Kelly 

Santa Paula Times 

Surveillance cameras caught them and now Santa Paula Police are asking the public’s help to catch two suspects that took part in the latest bold theft from an area supermaraket.

Vons, located at 576 E. Main St., is being hit especially hard by shoplifters as well as those who make brazen beer runs and just run out the door according to Police Chief Steve McLean.

The suspects in the January 29 “beer run” - those thefts that involve going into a market and running off usually with multi-pack suitcases of beer - were caught by surveillance cameras.

According to SPPD Senior Officer Randy Haumann the January 29 incident occurred at about 5:45 p.m. when two suspects stole beer from the supermarket and ran out the door.

A witness told police the suspects then entered a dark-colored Honda and fled the scene.

Surveillance photos of the two suspects - one wearing what appears to be a dark-colored hoodie sweatshirt with the hood up over his shaved head and the other in a white T-shirt with dark hair - were posted on the Santa Paula Police Department’s Facebook page February 4.

“Come on Santa Paula,” McLean posted under the photos. “Here is your opportunity to get two thieves off the streets. The sooner we get these losers off the streets the better.”

McLean said theft has been a serious problem at Vons and security is being tightened at the popular supermarket.

Anyone who can identify either or both subjects, even anonymously is asked to contact Senior Officer Haumann at 525-4474 x 162, or email

Anonymous callers can also call the SPPD recorded Tip Hotline, 933-5691.

In addition, tips can be emailed to the SPPD at

Those with information can also call Ventura County Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477). The caller may remain anonymous and the call is not recorded.

Ventura County Crime Stoppers can also be contacted by texting “Busted” plus your message to CRIMES (274637). 

Crime Stopper Tips can also be sent via the website,   

Crime Stoppers will pay up to a $1,000 reward for a tip that leads to a felony arrest as confirmed by the arresting agency. 

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