Photo: Kevin Farris
November 15, 2020 – Ventura County, Ca.
“If you see something, say something” is an increasingly popular mantra as private citizens begin to take personal responsibility for crime prevention in the face of “de-funding the police” efforts.
Evidence of heightened citizen participation in preventing crime came on the afternoon of November 13 th when, according to Ventura County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Senior Deputy Kris Doepking, “a report of a suspicious vehicle in a business parking lot” was phoned in to VCSD Camarillo Station.
Soon thereafter, Camarillo Patrol Services rolled onto the scene, identified the unoccupied suspect vehicle, and determined that 33-year-old Port Hueneme resident Kevin Farris was the registered owner.
They also discovered that Farris was a wanted man, with no less than four separate Ventura County arrest warrants hanging over him. That began the search for Farris in the nearby retail business establishments. Farris was found and promptly taken into custody on the arrest warrants.
While Farris was detained and restrained, deputies spotted 27-year-old Oxnard resident Cody Brown in the same store, anxiously “discarding property throughout the aisles of the business” as he made a beeline for a rear exit. Brown was quickly detained and found to be in possession of “stolen property from another local business.”
The ensuing investigation revealed that Brown was also wanted on four Ventura County arrest warrants. Store surveillance footage made it clear that both men were working together stealing from local area businesses.
A search of Farris’ vehicle lead to the discovery of “an amount of methamphetamine and additional stolen property.” At that point, both Farris and Brown were transported to Ventura County Jail, where they were booked on Possession of Stolen Property, Conspiracy to Commit a Crime, Shoplifting, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Both Farris and Brown remain in custody on their multiple arrest warrants.
Photos: Courtesy Ventura County Jail Booking