Photo: Fernando Molina and Nicole Baker
Ventura County – The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Thousand Oaks Patrol was called to the site of a commercial burglary on September 17th. Responding deputies quickly determined that suspects had entered the offices of Alliant Insurance Services by jimmying a roof access panel open and then dropped from the ceiling into the office space.
According to VCSD spokesman Deputy Sean Fillmore, once inside the intruders “stole electronics and personal identification information” of the businesses’ employees.
Then on June 19th, deputies from the VCSD Directed Enforcement Unit performed a routine “a proactive probation search” at the residence of Thousand Oaks residents Fernando Molina, 34, and Nicole Baker, 39.
While conducting their search deputies discovered “several items of stolen property” and multiple items indicating repeated instances of identity theft. The evidence found was soon linked to the burglary at Alliant Insurance Services just two days prior, and the Directed Enforcement Team notified TOPD detectives of their discovery.
The ensuing investigation made it apparent that Molina was responsible for the earlier commercial burglary, and had been using credit cards stolen from those premises while shopping “throughout the city of Thousand Oaks.”
Therefore authorities arrested Molina at his residence and transported him to Ventura County Jail. He has multiple charges, including:
• Conspiracy to commit a crime
• Possession of stolen property
• Identity theft
• Possession of controlled substances
Molina’s bail is $160,000.
In addition, for her trouble, authorities took Baker into custody transported to Ventura County Jail. They booked her for –
- possession of controlled substances;
- being under the influence of a controlled substance;
- identity theft;
- and receiving stolen property. Her bail is $30,000.
Photos: Courtesy Ventura County Jail Booking