Ventura County – In the best-selling “how-to” book Bank Robbery for Dummies, the casual reader might presumably glean the many principles behind the effective planning of financial institution stickups. At the top of that list is “always have a getaway plan in mind,” a tenet generally adhered to by anyone in this line of work since the days of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow.
Based upon the events of July 23rd occurring in the city of Oxnard at approximately 2:00 p.m., it appears that 34-year-old Oxnard resident Jimmy Lopez failed to hit the Buy Now button on his Amazon.com page and didn’t have a chance to read even the most rudimentary of primers on the subject. Evidence of that appears strong, considering the fact that Lopez—described to police in some detail by the employees of the downtown Oxnard branch of Bank of the West as the perpetrator of a robbery a short time after they handed over large amounts of cash—was ultimately located just a short distance away from the alleged crime scene.
According to Oxnard Police Department spokesman Det. Johathan Ballow, multiple witnesses to the bank robbery described Lopez to officers responding to the scene. With that information, patrol officers went about “checking nearby businesses…and located a person that matched the physical description” of Lopez less than a block away in possession of “a significant amount of currency.” With Lopez detained at that point, he was presented to bank employees who made a positive identification, supporting police suspicions that they had their man.
Lopez was arrested and transported to Oxnard City Jail where he has been charged with felony robbery and bad planning.
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