Thousand Oaks | Organized Retail Theft Crew Arrested after Altercation with Mall Customers

Ventura County Sheriff – Incident Press Release 

On  August 19,  2018, at  approximately 3:17 P.M., three suspects  entered  the Apple store located  in the Oaks Mall. All three suspects were wearing hooded sweatshirts with the hoods up on their heads. Once inside, the three suspects  proceeded  to  steal  several  Apple  IPhones  and  Apple laptop computers totaling approximately $18,000.00.   All three suspects ran out of  the store,  and  in doing so, ran into a juvenile female customer causing her to fall to the  ground.  Other customers in the area tackled two of the suspects and detained  them  until  Thousand  Oaks Police Department Deputies arrived  on  scene.  These  two  suspects  were  identified  as  Donte Sims of Antioch California and Timothy Terry also of Antioch California.   The third suspect fled  the mall and got into a waiting vehicle. Donte Sims and Timothy Terry  were  arrested  for violating Penal Code section 459 – burglary and PC 182(a)(1) – criminal conspiracy.

At approximately 3:36 P.M., a Ventura County Sheriff patrol  deputy  observed  a  vehicle  with three occupants traveling at  a high  rate of  speed on eastbound  State  Route 118 in the  City of  Simi Valley and conducted a traffic stop. Upon contact, the patrol deputy identified the driver as Mona Benoit of Sacramento, passenger Tynisha  Noel  of  Fresno, and  passenger  Edward  Benton of Antioch. The patrol deputy ultimately arrested the driver for driving under influence of a controlled substance. A search of the vehicle resulted in the recovery of the Apple IPhones stolen from the Thousand Oaks Mall Apple store as well as Apple devices stolen during a burglary of an Apple store in Los Angeles County. Thousand Oaks Police Department Detectives identified this group as an Organized Retail Theft Crew and are conducting an investigation into this burglary as well as the burglary that occurred in Los Angeles County.































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