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As if obtaining building permits and developing site plans and arranging for the financing of new construction anywhere in Southern California weren’t challenging enough on their own, land developers apparently have more than their share of nefarious criminal activity with which to contend.
Evidence of that appeared throughout the summer of 2023 as multiple construction sites throughout the City of Thousand Oaks became the targets of multiple burglaries between the months of May and September. According to Ventura County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson Sgt. Laura Natoli, the Thousand Oaks Police Investigations and Career Criminals Units became involved throughout the course of the burglaries which “occurred in the early morning hours” and distinctly featured the thefts of “tools and copper wire.”
While most construction sites have the appearance of organized disarray, today’s world dictates the use of technology which may not be apparent to the casual visitor. It’s that technology, in the form of video surveillance of the construction sites, that led to the identification of 34-year-old Thousand Oaks resident Dylan Joseph Wall as the likely perpetrator.
With that information in hand, on the afternoon of September 27th, Wall was spotted driving and immediately became the subject of a “law enforcement stop.” Contact was made with Wall and he was taken into custody as a search of his vehicle revealed evidence of the aforementioned construction site thefts. Wall was transported to Ventura County Jail, where he was booked on a charge of commercial burglary, with his bail set at $30,000.