News release - 11/27/2013

Published 11/27/2013 (all press releases for this day)

Jeri Williams
Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief



INCIDENT: Fumigation Tent Burglary Arrest
DATE/TIME: 11-26-13, 2349 hours
LOCATION: 2400 block Kentia St, Oxnard
SUSPECT(S): Luis Francisco Hernandez, 18 year old resident of Oxnard
LOSS: Property was recovered
PREPARED BY: Officer David Landsverk
Commander Eduardo Miranda, (805) 385-7600 or

On November 26, 2013, at approximately 2313 hours, officers from the Oxnard Police Department responded to a call of a residential burglary in progress in the 2400 block of Kentia St.  Officers found that the home was covered in a fumigation tent.  While surrounding the home, a suspect was seen moving inside and a point of entry was a cut located on the side of the tent.  After a couple of hours, Luis Hernandez, exited the residence and was arrested for burglary.  The property which he attempted to steal was returned to the residence.  Hernandez was booked into the Ventura County Jail for burglary.
Open and unlocked doors and windows have been the primary method and point of entry in almost half of the fumigation burglaries in Oxnard—most likely during the ventilation period of the process when homes have to force out air.  In other cases, however, doors and windows have been pried, smashed, or bodily force was to gain access. 
There are a number of steps that residents can take to further protect themselves and their property.  The Oxnard Police Department encourages residents to remove small valuables such as money, jewelry, keys, personal documents, flat screen televisions and small electronics.  Residents are also encouraged to advise neighbors so they can be vigilant and help report suspicious people or activity during planned fumigation dates. Furthermore, residents can ask fumigators about installing alarms and sensors at jobs; such sensors can alert fumigators' cellphones if anyone enters a tented building.
Help keep our homes and neighborhoods in Oxnard crime free and safe.  If you see suspicious activity, please report it to the Oxnard Police Department at 805-385-7740, or dial 911. Anonymous information and tips can also be made with the Ventura County Crime Stoppers at (805) 385-8255.
DATE / TIME PREPARED: 11-27-13, 0700 

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