July 3, 2022 – Ventura County, Ca.
Sadly, the days when we could head out to run a quick errand while leaving our home’s front door unlocked are now relegated to memories of “the good old days.”
Evidence of that came on June 28 th , when Ventura County Sheriff’s Department deputies attached to the Thousand Oaks Special Enforcement Unit arrested six foreign nationals suspected of what VCSD spokesperson Sr. Deputy Judity Guerrero described as “multiple residential burglaries or attempted residential burglaries” that were reported throughout the
community in the months of May and June of this year.
The suspected modus operandi behind the crimes—wherein a female individual knocks on a front door (with flowers in her hand in case someone opens the door) to determine if the residence is vacant—was recognized by detectives as “consistent with criminal activities conducted by members of the South American Theft Group (SATG) familiar to law enforcement
pursuant to prior arrest records.
When detectives received “information” that the SATG crew was operating within their jurisdiction on June 28 th , patrol units spotted a pair of vehicles known to be “associated to the burglary crew” and conducted a traffic stop at approximately 4:00 p.m.
Contact with the occupants of the two vehicles led to the arrests of Los Angeles residents Laura Maria Gaona Espinosa, 25, Yesid Garzon Herrera, 35, John Jaruvy Zambrano, 35, Kevin Andres Parra Nino, 24, Johan Martin Rivera Zambrano, 36, and Brayan Giraldo Taborda, 27.
All six suspects were transported to Ventura County Jail, where they were booked on charges of conspiracy to commit residential burglary and are currently in custody on a no-bail hold.
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