November 4, 2020 – Ventura, Ca.
Among the more threatening crimes a homeowner can experience, a residential burglary taking place at 3:00 a.m. while everyone is asleep is close to the top of the list.
According to Ventura County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Detective Chris Dyer, that was the situation at a Camarillo residence on November 2 nd when a homeowner responded to the sounds of his garage door opening and confronted “an unknown person inside of his garage.”
The homeowner made a futile attempt to “detain” the intruder, but the male suspect promptly “fled on foot.” When deputies responded to the homeowner’s call for police assistance, he gave the cops a good physical description, as well as “information related to the suspect’s vehicle.”
At that time, the homeowner reported that “items” including knives and a garage door opener had been stolen from his vehicle just three days prior, but that he had not filed a theft report with authorities.
Less than four hours later, at approximately 7:00 a.m. on November 2 nd , detectives attached to the Camarillo Special Enforcement Detail spotted 26-year-old Michael Turner—known to them as a parolee with felony convictions for prior burglaries—in the parking lot of a local motel.
The detectives made contact with him at that time, and then searched the room he shared with 28- year-old Gustavo Gonzales, a Ventura resident “currently on probation for theft-related convictions.”
Inside the room, detectives found evidence linking the men to both the October 31st and the November 2 nd burglaries, as well as “additional items related to identity theft” including stolen checks and a stolen passport.
Both Gonzales and Turner were transported to Ventura County Jail where they were booked on charges of being under the influence of a controlled substance, residential burglary, and violation of probation and parole terms. They remain in custody on a no-bail hold.
Photos: Courtesy Ventura County Jail Booking