Press release - Man Arrested for Grand Theft from Vehicle

Published 7/13/2010 (all press releases for this day)

John Crombach
Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief



INCIDENT: Man Arrested for Grand Theft from Vehicle
DATE/TIME: 07-13-2010 at 1046 hours
LOCATION: 1900 block of El Cajon Court, Oxnard
SUSPECT(S): Leonel Perez Hernandez, 25 years, of Port Hueneme
LOSS: Personal property recovered
Larry Eklund


At 10:46 a.m. this morning, Oxnard police received an emergency call of a fight in progress. The reporting party told Oxnard police and fire dispatchers that a burglary suspect was fighting with the apparent victim in the 1900 block of El Cajon Court. Officers were sent to the location with lights and siren.

Upon arrival, officers locate two men in a front yard on El Cajon Court. The victim, whose name is being withheld by police, had subdued the suspect after he had stolen nearly a thousand dollars of property from his parked pick-up truck.

The victim told Oxnard police he was in the shower when he heard his doorbell ring. A short time later, he observed the suspect removing property from his unlocked pick-up truck in the driveway. The suspect confronted the victim in the front yard. A short struggle ensued. The suspect was quickly subdued by the victim—a gentleman with extensive experience in the martial arts.

Hernandez reportedly lost consciousness during the altercation with the victim. After being medically cleared at Ventura County Medical Center, he was booked into the Ventura County Jail for grand theft, possession of burglar tools (altered vehicle keys), and violation of probation (prior property crimes). His bail was set at $20,000.

An investigation is continuing.

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Two crime prevention tips related to this story:

(1) DOOR-TO-DOOR VENDORS. Residents are urged to keep an eye out for people going door-to-door and to report any such persons to the police. A common ploy of thieves is to ring doorbells to see if anyone is home. With no answer, burglary or thefts typically follow. Reporting so-called “door-to-door solicitors” is also recommended as thieves will always have a cover story to offer if someone answers the door.

(2) HELP PREVENT VEHICLE CRIMES! Like our crime prevention sign below says: Keep your car doors locked and secure valuables. Most vehicle crimes occur because cars are unsecured and/or valuable property is left in view.

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