Photo: Ventura graffiti
March 14, 2022 – Ventura County, Ca.
Since the beginning of the year, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Camarillo Special Enforcement Detail, staffed by six detectives tasked with preventing criminal activities that “negatively affect the quality of life of the law-abiding citizens,” has had its hands full dealing what VCSD spokesman Det. Frank Corona describes as “a significant increase” in graffiti vandalism.
When patrol deputies responded to a report of “vandalism in progress” on a public bike path on February 13th , they encountered “multiple subjects” spray painting community property. A quick foot pursuit ensued, and 34-year-old Oxnard resident Edgar Valleche was ultimately placed in handcuffs along with two male juveniles. All three were arrested and booked on “various vandalism charges.”
With Valleche soon at liberty on his own recognizance, detectives attached to the Camarillo Police Department’s Special Enforcement Unit pursued the matter and ultimately obtained a search warrant for Valleche’s residence.
That warrant was served on the afternoon of March 11 th and led to the discovery of “a large amount of evidence” linking Valleche to vandalism “throughout the City of Camarillo and surrounding areas.” He was once again taken into custody and booked on multiple charges of graffiti vandalism Detective Corona indicates that “the Camarillo Police Department is seeking the assistance of members of the community” to report any additional instances of vandalism with the suspicion that Valleche and his juvenile cohorts may be facing additional charges involving the destruction of public property.
Photo: Courtesy Ventura County Sheriff’s Department