VENTURA COUNTY — William Shakespeare apparently knew what some men today don’t, as he wrote in The Merchant of Venice with “Love is blind, and lovers cannot see, the pretty follies that themselves commit.”
Certainly there is evidence of that folly in the alleged behavior of 55-year-old Fillmore resident Fichard Kutbach over the past several weeks. According to Ventura County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Deputy Gene Torres, an investigation in to Kutback’s activities began on March 15th when a female resident of Fillmore called police to report that some of her “undergarments” had gone missing from inside her home.
Needing additional evidence to support the victim’s contention that someone had actually been inside her home and had pilfered her panties, deputies installed “trail cameras” in the backyard of the residence.
With electronic recording surveillance of the rear of the home in place, less than 24 hours later the victim again “discovered some undergarments missing from her residence,” whereupon responding deputies examined the trail camera recording and observed Kutbach “entering the residence.”
VCSD Detectives obtained a search warrant of Kutback’s residence which was served upon him on March 16th.
During their search, Fillmore Patrol officers and VCSD investigators discovered “over two dozen garments belonging to the victim.”
Subsequent investigation revealed that Kutbach had “entered the victim’s home numerous times” and was taking the victim’s garments “due to a longtime attraction” to her.
Kutbach was arrested on the scene and transported to Ventura County Jail, where he was booked on a charge of residential burglary with his bail set at $100,000 and where he will have to be satisfied wearing his own underwear for the time being.
Photo: Courtesy Ventura County Jail Booking