Ventura County – The upscale community of Oak Park is no stranger to burglary, for professionals have long followed the principles of criminal interest by the legendary Willie Sutton who allegedly responded to queries about his motivation for robbing banks with “because that’s where the money is.” Whether or not that cavalier response is accurately attributed to Mr. Sutton, certainly the practical matter is that thieves frequently show up in what the military refers to as “a target rich environment,” and Oak Park homes would certainly fit that description.
So, when Ventura County Sheriff’s Office deputies were alerted to a residential burglary having just occurred on the 5300 block of Evanwood Avenue just before 11:00 in the morning of June 16th, their response was swift and practiced. According to Ventura County Sheriff’s spokesman Sr. Deputy Timothy Lohman, upon arrival on the reporting street, two male suspects “were seen fleeing the location with the victim’s property.”
Contact was immediately made with Jack Hanna, 19, and Eric Mantta, 18, both residents of the community in which they were wantonly practicing their illegal enterprise. After the two young men were detained, an investigation immediately ensued which revealed that “another home on Evanwood Avenue had been burglarized” earlier that same morning, Lohman reported.
Both suspects were in possession of property reported as stolen and were each arrested at the scene and transported to Ventura County Jail where Hanna was booked for two counts of residential burglary, sales of prescription medication, minor in possession of a concealable firearm, and minor in possession of ammunition. For his part, Mantta was booked on two counts of residential burglary and may win this year’s prize for most entertaining mug shot photo.
Photo: Courtesy Ventura County Jail Booking
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