VENTURA COUNTY — There is little doubt that when 34-year-old Oxnard resident Blake Northrop sets out on a career path, his is a sincere and complete commitment.
Proof of his success orientation—even when committing a series of felonies and misdemeanors—is apparent in his legitimate rental of a full-sized U-Haul truck in furtherance of his residential burglary activities.
His professionalism came to the attention of law enforcement pursuant to the report of a residential burglary received by the Thousand Oaks Police Department in the early evening hours of November 6th.
According to TPD spokesman Sgt. Robert Davidson, when deputies arrived at the victim’s residence, they were told that “two unknown suspects” had made off with “thousands of dollars worth of property which included motorcycles and home appliances.”
Realizing they weren’t dealing with any ordinary sneak thief but with someone capable of carrying off large items of personal property, investigators then accessed the victim’s personal surveillance system which had dutifully recorded the crime while it was in progress.
Detectives observed two men “loading stolen items into a large U-Haul box truck,” leading them to contact local area U-Haul rental outlets and eventually identify one of the suspects as Northrop.
The following day, on November 7th, detectives located Northrop at a Ventura motel with his rented U-Haul truck parked outside the door to his room.
With the help of the Thousand Oaks Special Enforcement Unit, a search warrant was served upon Northrop and the truck rented in his name. Inside the truck and Northrup’s motel room, “almost all of the victim’s stolen property” was recovered, along with quantities of methamphetamine and heroin.
Northrop was taken into custody and transported to Ventura County Jail, where he was booked on charges of residential burglary, motor vehicle theft, conspiracy, possession of methamphetamine for sales, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Photo: Courtesy Ventura County Jail Booking