Photo: Angelina Perez
Ventura County – The Santa Paula Domino’s Pizza Restaurant was discovered to have been burglarized in the pre-dawn hours of December 16, 2019 when store employees reported for work that day and discovered the store safe wide open and the day’s startup cash missing.
According to Ventura County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Sgt. Vince Alvarez, in spite of the fact that the safe had been cleaned out, “there were no signs of forced entry.” The immediately conclusion drawn by detectives who responded to the burglary report on the scene, “it appeared someone with knowledge of the inner workings of the business” was the likely culprit.
The ensuing investigation, involving a careful review of surveillance camera images, identified a car used as a getaway vehicle immediately following the burglary, as well as the individual behind the wheel of the car at the time of the crime.
Additional video footage recorded inside the premises led detectives to identify 19-year-old Santa Paula resident Angelina Perez—herself an employee of the burglarized restaurant—as “involved in the crime.” Further investigation and an ongoing collection of additional evidence eventually identified 39-year-old Santa Paula Gerardo Uribe and an unidentified male juvenile as accomplices in the crime.
Two months later, on February 18, 2020, detectives located Perez and the male juvenile in the city of Santa Paula and took them into custody. Just hours later, Uribe was located and likewise taken into custody.
Perez and Uribe were transported to Ventura County Jail, where they were booked on charges of commercial burglary and conspiracy to commit a crime. The male juvenile was booked into the Ventura County Juvenile Justice Center on the same charges as well as for violation of probation terms.
Photos: Courtesy Ventura County Jail Booking