Four arrested in string of holiday burglaries at malls, garages

first_img Police have already been able to return many of the stolen items and as many as 100 victims have come to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department’s East Valley station to try to locate their property.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Thousand Oaks police received help from other law enforcement agencies, including the Los Angeles police and sheriff’s departments. Detective Allen Devers of the Thousand Oaks Police Department said although the thieves would look for unlocked vehicles, they would sometimes break windows if they saw something valuable inside. The four suspects were identified as Roger Sciacca, 27, of Simi Valley; Richard Naranjo, 33, a transient; Erin Carrell, 18, of Northridge; and Erin Szabo, 25, of Moorpark. Police said they were arrested Dec. 12 and 13 on suspicion of possessing stolen merchandise. Naranjo and Sciacca were being held without bail, and bail for the two women was set at $10,000 each. Investigators said they had connected the stolen property to 40 burglaries and the number might go much higher. Two men and two women have been arrested in dozens of burglaries in Los Angeles and Ventura counties in which the thieves broke into unlocked vehicles at shopping centers or residential garages. Detectives from the Thousand Oaks Police Department announced the arrests Friday as they concluded a four-month investigation into the burglaries that stretched from the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys to Ventura. “We’re calling this Operation Grinch,” said Capt. Gary Pentis, adding that the thefts occurred between August to early December, when the thieves took holiday gifts from people’s cars. “They were very active thieves, active five or six nights a week, looking for cars in residential garages and shopping centers,” Pentis said. “A lot of what they took was high-quality electronic equipment, computers and cameras.”last_img read more

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