Shoplifter Nabbed by Special Police Detail

Shoplifter Nabbed by Special Police Detail
Photo: Carlos Sanchez Hernandez

September 5, 2020 – Ventura County, Ca.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Camarillo Station Direct Enforcement (DEU) Detail doesn’t mess around when it comes to enforcing certain laws against what other jurisdictions throughout the state currently refer to as “petty offenses.”

The perfect example of the detail’s determination to control commercial, retail, and vendor crimes throughout its jurisdiction came in the afternoon of September 3rd at Camarillo’s popular Outlet Malls.  According to VCSD spokesman Sgt. Pete Frank, the DEU team was “conducting high-visibility patrols” throughout the mall property when they were notified by a retail tenant “that a theft had just occurred” and that the culprit was still on the premises.

Responding with all due alacrity, uniformed DEU deputies spotted the alleged thief making his way out of the store. As the cops approached 22-year-old Oxnard resident Carlos Sanchez Hernandez, he promptly “dropped the property he was holding.”  That move did little to convince deputies of his innocence, as the property in question was identical to that described as having been stolen from the mall store.

Further investigation on the scene found Sanchez Hernandez to be in possession of a “magnetic device” used to thwart retailers’ theft-prevention technology.  After a review of security camera footage determined that Sanchez Hernandez was clearly the culprit reported as involved in the theft of the goods, he was taken into custody and transported to Ventura County Jail, where he was booked on charges of Shoplifting and Possession of Burglary Tools.

Photo: Courtesy Ventura County Jail Booking

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