Ventura County – Ventura County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Sgt. Eric Buschow today released to the media the results of a 17-month-long multi-agency effort to bring to justice members of a Long Beach, Ca.-based “burglary crew who are affiliated with a Long Beach-based criminal street gang.”
According to Buschow, “a series of 19 residential burglaries” that began in February of 2013 and specifically targeted residents of Indian heritage generated property losses well in excess of $1,000,000. The investigation into the rash of burglaries led Ventura County law enforcement to the discovery of similar events throughout other California and Nevada counties. It was through the efforts of the VCSD’s Crime Analysis Unit and their work with a wide spectrum of evidence, and the inter-agency cooperation among multiple jurisdictions that nine suspects have been positively identified, five of whom are now in custody on more than 100 charges of burglary and possession of stolen property.
The burglary ring had their long run of activity—wherein they committed an average of two burglaries per week—as a result of a modus operandi which involved careful scouting of Indian residential targets, the use of “pre-paid mobile phones to call the victims’ residences prior to breaking in to ensure nobody was home,” and the use of business apparel and high-end vehicles.
Among those arrested and now in custody are Ivan Ramirez, 22, Salvador Ramirez, 24, and Teresa Ramirez, 57, Albaro Miranda, 22, and Juan Guerrero, 24. Remaining at large and eagerly sough on active arrest warrants are are Marco Coronel, 21, Aaron Flores, 20, Marco Gonzalez, 20, , Juan Carlos Olague, 22, , all residents of Long Beach, Ca., each of whom were named in the Ventura County arrest warrants.
Anyone having additional information about these crimes or these named suspects is urged to contact VCSD Cdr. Brent Kerr at (805)797-7349.
Photos: Courtesy Ventura County Sheriff’s Department
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