Photo: Jonah Bregman
Ventura County – As if mandatory evacuations aren’t enough, victims of the Thousand Oaks Woolsey Fire have also been the target of residential burglary attempts.
According to Ventura County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Sgt. Robert Davidson, one case in point occurred on November 10th when evacuees returned to their home and “found a man running from the residence, not wearing shoes, and carrying what appeared to be clothing.”
Deputies who reported to the residence determined that “articles of women’s clothing” appeared to have been stolen from the home.
Four days later, Thousand Oaks Police Department patrol officers responded to a “suspicious subject” call at a neighborhood park and discovered “several articles of women’s clothing” in the public restroom.
A surveillance video review captured the image of “an unidentified male subject” entering and exiting the restroom multiple times in “various stages of undress and wearing women’s lingerie.” The subject was also seen wearing an ankle monitor as he drove away in a vehicle earlier identified in the prior residential burglary.
Based upon the evidence of the ankle monitor and the vehicle description, East County Patrol Services Investigations Bureau detectives tracked down 25-year-old Northridge resident Jonah Bregman to his residence on November 17th.
Bregman—on parole for residential burglary and a registered sex offender—was taken into custody following the discovery of stolen women’s clothing in his possession. He was transported to Ventura County Jail, where he was booked on charges of residential burglary, engaging in lewd conduct, and parole violation, with his bail set at $70,000.
Photo: Courtesy Ventura County Jail Booking