News release - 2/14/2012

Published 2/14/2012 (all press releases for this day)

Jeri Williams
Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief



INCIDENT Citywide hot prowl burglary cases 
DATE/TIME December 2011 and January and February 2012 
LOCATION Various neighborhoods 
Mónica Muñoz Community Affairs Manager  / PIO
(805) 385-7631


(Oxnard, CA) The Oxnard Police Department is investigating several residential “hot prowl” burglaries that occurred in December 2011 and January and February 2012. A hot prowl burglary is one that occurs when the residents are home. These cases can be particularly dangerous because of the possibility of a violent altercation between the resident(s) and the burglar(s).
In some of the cases, the suspect(s) gained entry through unlocked doors and windows. In other cases, the suspect removes a screen from a window but then realizes that someone is inside and the suspect leaves. These cases have occurred in the following neighborhoods: Rio Lindo, Riverpark, Southwinds, Channel Islands, Cal Gisler, Sierra Linda, Wilson and Cypress Point and typically have occurred between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. The suspects are stealing items such as: computers, cell phones, cash, jewelry, personal documents and small electronics. At this time, we do not believe that one suspect or group of suspects is responsible for these cases.
It is very important to lock all your doors and windows when you leave your residence as well as when you are home. It’s also important to document specific information about your belongings such as serial and model numbers. Keeping receipts and taking photographs of your belongings is also desirable in the event that you are a victim of a burglary.
Please report any suspicious activity to the Oxnard PD. If you see a person who is not familiar to you walking or driving around your neighborhood, get a good physical description of the person and vehicle and call (805) 385-7740. If you see someone breaking into a home or vehicle, call 911.
Anyone with information about these cases is encouraged to call Oxnard PD at (805) 385-7740 or the property crimes bureau at (805) 385-7605. You may also contact Detective Luis Mancha at (805) 385-7664. If you wish to remain anonymous you may call Ventura County Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477. You can also visit this site to submit a tip via text or email.


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