OXNARD POLICE DEPARTMENT
|INCIDENT:||Recovered Stolen Vehicle, Firearm Located|
|DATE/TIME:||Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 9:30 hours|
|LOCATION:||2000 block of North Ventura Road, Pt. Hueneme|
|SUSPECT(S):||Flavio Gasca, 09/26/93|
|VICTIM VEHICLE:||White 2002 Chevrolet Silverado Pick-up|
|PREPARED BY:||Crystal Walker, Senior Officer|
|CONTACT PERSON AND CONTACT INFO:||Detective Enrique Alvarez
Enrique.email@example.com or (805) 385-7664
This morning at approximately 9:30 a.m., an undercover officer with the Oxnard Auto Theft Task Force (OATTF) spotted a reported stolen vehicle in a high crime area of Oxnard. The officer followed the vehicle, which had originally been reported stolen in Pt. Hueneme, until marked patrol units were able to perform a traffic stop. Ultimately, patrol officers were able to stop and detain the vehicle in the 2000 block of North Ventura Road in Pt. Hueneme.
After the driver was arrested, a search was conducted of his person and several shotgun rounds were located in his possession. During a search of the vehicle, several more shotgun rounds were located along with a 14” sawed-off shotgun. The shotgun had been pushed between the center console and driver’s seat.
The driver, later identified as Flavio Gasca, 09/26/93, was interviewed and Gasca admitted to knowing that the vehicle was stolen. Gasca also admitted to the possession of the shotgun. Gasca’s charges include unlawful driving or taking of a vehicle, receiving stolen property (motor vehicle), under the influence in possession of a firearm, own/possess/control a firearm in violation of probation, carry a concealed firearm in a vehicle, carrying a loaded firearm on one’s person and two outstanding misdemeanor warrants.
Based on the initial stolen vehicle report, Gasca was able to steal the victim vehicle due to a spare key being left in the vehicle with the doors unlocked. The Oxnard Police Department would like to remind residents of the following tips to help prevent vehicle thefts:
- Never leave your car unlocked, not even for a minute.
- Never leave your keys in the car, even if you think they are really “hidden.”
- Don’t leave your car idling and unattended because it is unnecessary (it doesn’t get cold enough here), it is unsafe and illegal, and someone can steal your car.
- Wheel locks, brake pedal locks and steering wheel locks are also effective.
If anyone has any information regarding stolen vehicles please contact Detective Enrique Alvarez at firstname.lastname@example.org or (805) 385-7664.
DATE / TIME PREPARED: August 9, 2017 / 1413 hours