Man arrested for stealing prescription drugs from several Ventura County pharmacies
VENTURA COUNTY, Calif .– Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a man involved in the theft of prescription drugs from several Ventura County pharmacies.
On May 5, Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives served an arrest warrant against a 24-year-old La Puente man over his involvement in several pharmacy heists in Ventura County.
On December 30, 2019, patrol officers from the Ojai Police Department were dispatched for an alarm call to the Ojai Rexall Pharmacy on the 1100 block of the Maricopa Expressway in Ojai.
Patrol officers arrived to find that the business had been broken into.
Investigators at the scene gathered evidence which was then submitted to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Forensic Services Office and entered into the combined DNA index system.
The Combined DNA Index System, or CODIS, is a database that allows crime labs in the United States to share and compare DNA information with each other.
Ojai investigators gathered more evidence, including CCTV of the suspect during the crime.
In March 2020, Ojai detectives discovered that DNA they collected in December 2019 linked the suspect to a 2015 Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office burglary investigation. They were able to identify the suspect as a 24 year old man from La Puente.
In November 2020, Thousand Oaks Police Deputies responded to an alarm call at the Lynn Oaks Pharmacy on the 2200 block of North Lynn Road in Thousand Oaks.
During the investigation, patrol officers discovered that the business had been broken into and prescription drugs had been stolen.
Thousand Oaks Police investigators have opened an investigation and spoken to the victims and reviewed video evidence of the two break-ins.
After months of joint investigation by Ojai Police and Thousand Oaks Police, they were able to serve a search warrant on the 600 block of Harmsworth Avenue in La Puente.
During the search warrant, the suspect was arrested and found evidence linking him to the two burglaries.
He was listed in the Ventura County Jail for three counts of commercial burglary.
His bond is set at $ 50,000.
He then posted bail and was arraigned on May 20.
Thousand Oaks and Ojai Police Department detectives filed the case with Ventura County
District attorney’s office and they say court proceedings are ongoing.