VENTURA COUNTY — Ventura County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Det. Gerardo Cruz released information on October 17th detailing the investigation leading to the October 12th arrest of 27-year old Oxnard resident Jose Casarez on multiple theft charges.
The arrest came as the result of an eight-month investigation into reports of “burglaries of high end vacuum cleaners and other electronic devices from local retail stores.”
With the rash of thefts at area Target stores and the focus upon stolen Dyson and iRobot vacuum units, detectives released images from store videos in a news story “asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect” involved in the burglaries. Just a month later, the Camarillo Investigations Unit received “an anonymous tip” identifying Casarez as the culprit.
Taking that information to heart, detectives from the Camarillo Investigations Bureau and the Camarillo Special Enforcement Detail went to Casarez’s Oxnard area residence to conduct a “random” probation search of the premises, whereupon they “found evidence linking him to crimes in Camarillo as well as Thousand Oaks.
As the estimated value of the goods stolen in a least nine separate criminal acts of theft exceeded $5,500, Casarez was taken into custody, arrested, and transported to Ventura Couty jail, where he was booked on multiple burglary and theft charges, with an unspecified bail amount reported.
Photos courtesy Ventura County Jail Booking, www.dyson.com