Monday, March 19, 2012

Residents Find Scruffy Intruder in Their Garage

At about 2:40pm this afternoon, a Campus View resident walked into her garage on Juniata Ct. only to discover a scruffy intruder.

In all likelihood, the same man stole a bike from their house last Friday, leaving his own bicycle behind so he could ride the one he was stealing. The residents, discovering a strange bike near their garage, assumed it belonged to a friend or a neighbor. Because it was raining, they put the bike in their garage to keep it dry. Later, they realized one of their purple bicycle was missing, along with a Buenaventura Swim Club parka. Bike thieves will sometimes leave behind an old bike when they find a better one to steal.

Apparently, the man who stole their kid's bike on Friday wanted his old red bike back, so he returned this afternoon to retrieve it from their garage. He is described as a Hispanic man in his late 40's, scruffy looking, with dark receding hair. He had a knife in his belt. He was last seen walking a red bicycle south along Wake Forest Avenue.

If you see him, please call 9-1-1 immediately.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Child Predator Reported in Campus View

A teenage girl was walking to her home in the neighborhood when a car pulled up with two Hispanic men. They beckoned to the girl, holding a cell phone out to her. She ran home.

This was not reported to the PD; I don't have more details or even know who made the report to the Block Captain.

Unreported Car Theft

About a week and a half ago, a Campus View resident discovered a wallet with some credit cards was stolen from her car, which may have been left unlocked. She did not report the theft to the PD, nor did she identify her street.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Drug-Seeker in Campus View

Last week, a Campus View resident was sitting out front when a clean-cut man in his twenties approached and sat with him to talk. He asked the resident how old he is and if he takes pain medication. When the resident said “no”, the man asked him for money so that he could get “medicine” that he needed. The resident declined and the man moved on.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

18 Autos Damaged in Vandalism Spree; PD Seeks Tips

Sometime between 2am and 7am on Sunday, February 19, at least eighteen cars and trucks were damaged in a major vandalism spree in the College Area. At least four of the vehicles were in our neighborhood, along N. Bryn Mawr.

The vandals threw heavy rocks at the cars, which were parked on the street. Some of the cars suffered major damage -- broken windshields, damaged interiors, and body dents. The rocks, many of which weighed over 40 pounds, were probably thrown from the back of a truck.

Other streets targeted include Aurora, Tulane, Crestwood, and Foothill Blvd.

The Ventura Police Department is actively soliciting tips in their ongoing investigation. If you have any information, or surveillance footage, contact Detective Corporal Patrick Lindsay at 339-4498. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Ventura County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. If your information leads to an arrest, you could recieve a cash reward of up to $1000.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Christmas Eve Burglary Attempt on Bryn Mawr

On Saturday, December 24, somebody tried to break into a house on the 5500 block of N. Bryn Mawr. The residents were not home at the time, and think it probably happened around 4 in the afternoon.

The would-be burglars broke two rear windows in an attempt to gain entry. One window was narrow, and divided into three lites, or separate panes. The bottom pane was broken, and the inside of the wooden window frame was splintered near the top of the frame, at the latch. Thus, it looks as though somebody broke the pane and reached in with a tool to unlatch the window.

The other broken window was much larger, and would have been big enough to crawl through, but because it wasn't tempered or laminated glass, it left big, jagged shards of glass in the frame, preventing entry.

When there's a burglary at Christmastime, it's natural to assume the burglar was tempted by a pile of Christmas presents. But there was nothing of the sort at this house.

Fortunately, the residents are vigilant about locking their windows. Had they left a single window unlocked, they probably would have been burglarized. Please, lock all your windows, front and back, when you leave the house.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

A comment worth sharing

Earlier this evening, this comment was made anonymously to a 2009 blog post, Update on the Burglary Suspect, regarding Trent Dillon Gonzalez.

Hi, I just wanted to extend my apologies on behalf of my brother. While his actions cannot be condoned I would ask those harmed to forgive him. He really did not know what he was doing. In speaking with him, I know that he was tired, cold, and hungry. Yes as the paper says, he was a transient. Please know he never really mean to harm anyone, he just did not know what to do and is not the kind who love being homeless, he just needed help. Which I plan to provide when he gets out of prison, btw, they gave him 17 years, that is way too much time for someone who COULD be helped. So please forgive my brother, he will not do this again and I will make sure of that.I am so sorry but I am saddened each day I don't see him, with another 5,475 days at least left before he is out, I have much sorrow yet to feel. Good bye and thank you for putting away someone who just needed help.
On another note, if you think Prison makes a person better, you are very wrong and do not understand how bad it is in CA prisons. You (the courts) have hurt him more than you have helped, nor more than you have helped the community.