VENTURA COUNTY — In an unusual expression of official compassion for the families of criminals, Ventura County Sheriff-Thousand Oaks Police Department Sgt. D. Worthy—in reporting a rash of auto burglaries throughout eastern Ventura County—commented that “we as a law enforcement agency certainly understand that parents often try to establish a certain element of respect and trust with their children”.
That respect and trust appears to have been violated recently as Thousand Oaks Police continues to arrest “multiple juveniles and young adults who have been in possession of stolen property” as the product of randomly burglarizing unlocked vehicles (“car hopping”) throughout the community.
Notably, in the pre-dawn hours of August 10th, a citizen’s 911 Emergency call reporting a trio of juveniles acting suspiciously around parked cars brought a swift response from Thousand Oaks police patrols. A search of the area brought deputies into contact with Caulen Boyd, 18, and led soon thereafter to the arrests of four 17-year old male juveniles who had been engaged with Boyd in “entering unlocked cars in the area and stealing personal property.” The ensuing investigation indicated that the young bandits had victimized an estimated 40 vehicles and were in possession of more than 100 stolen items, including, cash, wallets, cell phones, and lap top computers.
In spite of the alleged perpetrators’ youth, Worthy pointed out that “when two or more persons conspire to commit any crime, it is a felony” and that “ignorance to the laws will not stand up in court as a legal excuse.” That harsh reality resulted in Boyd and his four young co-conspirators being transported to Ventura County Jail where they were booked on charges of felony burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary.
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