Education Office Thieves Flunk Burglary Test
Photo: Abel Munoz Jr. and Dillon Ray Hill
Ventura County – In a world of ubiquitous and growing video surveillance, a successful commercial burglar needs to be smarter than the average crook.
Based upon the events of December 15th, 2018 at the Ventura County of Education headquarters offices that lead to their December 21st arrests, 25-year-old Camarillo resident Abel Munoz, Jr. and 19-year-old Oxnard resident Dillon Ray Hill may not qualify for success in their chosen field of criminal endeavor.
According to Ventura County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Detective David Blanck, on the 15th Munoz and Hill “entered the Ventura County Office of Education and stole numerous computers and other electronic equipment” with an estimated value of $15,000.
Like most public places, the Education offices are monitored by constant video surveillance. And, like anyone else entering those offices, the images of Munoz and Hill were recorded on video as soon as they walked through the doors.
Patrol deputies responding to the scene of the reported crime took one look at the video recordings and promptly “recognized Munoz” and soon learned that he was on Post Release Offender Supervision.
A search of Munoz’ residence quickly followed, leading to the discovery of “evidence further linking him to the crime.” Munoz was then tracked down three days later. On December 18th he was taken into custody and transported to Ventura County Jail where he was booked on charges of commercial burglary and conspiracy to commit a crime, with his bail set at $40,000.
For his part, Hill was located by detectives on December 21st and promptly arrested. He was transported to Ventura County Jail where he was booked on charges of commercial burglary and conspiracy, with his bail set at $20,000.
Photos: Courtesy Ventura County Jail Booking