“Organized” Retail Thieves Busted
Photo: Renessa Therrien
October 3, 2021 – Ventura County
While the current legislative-socio-cultural zeitgeist may turn a blind eye to much of the petty thievery plaguing urban retailers, there are legal limits by which any serious shoplifter must abide.
Those limits appear to have been exceeded on the afternoon of September 28 th at department stores throughout Camarillo and Ventura when Oxnard residents Renessa Therrien, 22, and Joy Castillo, 21 were caught red-handed with stolen goods in their possession. According to Ventura County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Detective Doepking, law enforcement was notified just after 3:00 p.m. on the 28th of “a theft in progress” in a Camarillo shopping mall
Responding deputies, with the help of shopping mall security staff, made contact with Therrien and Castillo in the shopping center parking lot. Deputies discovered “multiple clothing items concealed in an empty child stroller” from which store security sensors had been illegitimately removed with “a magnetic device.” A subsequent search of their vehicle revealed “a large volume of merchandise” with a value well in excess of $1000.
Both Therrien and Castillo were taken into custody and transported to Ventura County Jail. They were booked on multiple charges, including Organized Retail Theft, Conspiracy to Commit a Crime, and Possession of Burglary Tools. Their bail was set at $20,000 each.
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