Photo: Evan Briers
Ventura County – Detective J. Hollowel, spokesman for the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, informed the media on November 14th of the arrest of 27-year-old Simi Valley resident Evan Briers that took place on November 8th.
Briers had been under investigation by the Camarillo Special Enforcement Detail following a theft reported on October 23rd in which a female victim confronted “a male suspect rummaging through her unlocked vehicle parked in the driveway of her residence.” As the victim was “yelling at the suspect,” she called 911, whereupon the suspect ran away and hopped into a getaway vehicle parked nearby.
At that point, the victim “gave chase and caught up to the suspect” in his vehicle and she retrieved her purse which, prior to the theft from her car, contained personal items and $1,000 in cash. The suspect summarily drove away, but not before the victim recorded the license plate number of the getaway car.
The ensuing investigation identified Briers—who at the time was serving Ventura County probation for theft and drug convictions—and the hunt to find him was on. Two weeks later, Camarillo Special Enforcement Detectives, working as a plain clothes detail, spotted Briers driving along the streets of Simi Valley. A forced traffic stop was conducted, immediately followed by a probation search of the vehicle and Briers’ residence.
Those search produced “evidence that confirmed Briers’ involvement in the Camarillo grand theft,” and he was then transported to Ventura County Jail where he was booked for grand theft and violation of probation terms.
Photo: Courtesy Ventura County Jail Booking