Photo: Joshua Zankan
Ventura County – Once more, a surveillance video helped to nab a burglar in action.
Today’s vehicle burglars don’t stand much of a chance. Home security video systems not only record what’s going on at the front door, but often capture images from a home’s driveway and the curbside area beyond the front yard.
It was just that kind of setup that helped deputies and detectives identify a burglary suspect. They identified 45-year-old Woodland Hills resident Joshua Zankan as their man. He has committed a series of residential car burglaries in the Oak Park area.
It was mid-morning on June 26th when 911 Emergency Dispatch received a call reporting a vehicle burglary in progress. Responding deputies determined that “an unknown suspect” took property from the reporting victim’s car. The property had a value of more than $5,000. The victim provided a video recording of the incident obtained from his home security system.
Based upon that video evidence, detectives soon identified Zankan as the culprit. They identified him earlier as perpetrating similar crimes throughout the area. They obtained a search warrant for Zankan’s residence. On the morning of July 19th detectives paid Zankan a visit. Inside the residence, detectives found considerable evidence of multiple auto burglaries dating back to 2017.
Law enforcement booked Zankan on multiple charges of grand theft, with his bail set at $40,000.
Photo: Courtesy Ventura County Jail Booking