News release - 2/23/2012

Published 2/23/2012 (all press releases for this day)

Jeri Williams
Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief



INCIDENT Sting operation 
DATE/TIME February 23, 2012 at 3 p.m. 
LOCATION 1255 Saviers Road, Oxnard 
SUSPECT(S) Fawzi Hamed 4/20/80, Fontana resident
Laura Elvira Martinez 1/25/81, Oxnard resident 
CONTACT Mónica Muñoz Community Affairs Manager  / PIO
(805) 385-7631


(Oxnard, CA) Today the Oxnard Police Department conducted a sting operation at a local shop that buys gold from the public. The operation resulted in two arrests: Fawzi Hamed, 04/20/80 (the owner of the shop) and his employee Laura Elvira Martinez, 01/25/81. Fawzi is a resident of Fontana and Martinez resides in Oxnard. They received misdemeanor citations for operating a business without the proper license. Each was released with a promise to appear in court.
The operation took place at Fredy del Oro located at 1255 Saviers Road at about 3 p.m. today. An undercover OPD officer made a sale of jewelry to Martinez. Once that transaction was complete, detectives entered the business and issued citations to Hamed and Martinez.
The sting operation occurred as a result of complaints from business owners who had knowledge that Hamed was operating the business without a license. Hamed was purchasing newspaper and radio advertisements for his business, which is also prohibited without the proper license.
The California Business and Professions Code requires a second-hand business license for this type of shop. Business owners have to meet certain obligations when they purchase property (jewelry or other types of property) to ensure that members of the public are not selling stolen goods to these shops. Reputable business owners register the items they purchase from the public with local police departments which allows law enforcement agencies to search property databases for any items that may have been reported stolen.  
Oxnard PD strongly encourages anyone who has knowledge of an un-licensed business to report that information to us. You can reach the Oxnard PD at (805) 385-7740 or if you wish to remain anonymous you can 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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