Ventura County – Maybe because it was the final day to pay income taxes that Ricardo Celio, 29, his brother Junior Celio, 32, and Juan DeLeon, 27—all hailing from Los Angeles—were motivated to travel to Camarillo to perpetrate a burglary or two at a senior housing community on April 15th. Whatever their motivation, they clearly didn’t anticipate the ability of the area’s senior citizens to prevent crime.
When Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Camarillo station deputies received a dispatch pursuant to a 911 Emergency call alerting them to a possible felony in the making at Camarillo’s Leisure Village, they rolled up to the reported location and spotted a vehicle with a man behind the wheel and the engine running.
Undoubtedly more than merely “curious”, the deputies made contact with the driver, whereupon they spotted a pair of men departing the reported residence with considerable alacrity via a rear exit. According to Ventura County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Sgt. Pete O’Sullivan, “deputies chased the subjects” into a nearby retirement housing Leisure Village complex but “temporarily lost sight of them.”
Ever resourceful, the deputies quickly cordoned the area and summoned an Air Support helicopter unit to conduct an aerial search. Within minutes of the intensified effort, “deputies located one of the suspects and took him into custody without incident.” Shortly thereafter, a Leisure Village resident spotted someone hiding under his car and promptly reported the suspect to the complex security staff, which led to his prompt apprehension.
Ricard Celio, Junior Celio, and Juan DeLeon were all transported to Ventura County Jail, where they were booked on charges of first-degree residential burglary, with no bail amount reported.
Photos: Courtesy Ventura County Jail Booking