Oxnard Police Department’s Auto Theft Task Force Continues Its Enforcement; #NotThisCar!

Oxnard Police Department – Incident Press Release

On 10/17/18 at approximately 10:30 a.m., detectives from the Oxnard Auto Theft Task Force (OATTF) observed a previously reported stolen truck traveling southbound on Ventura Road approaching Ninth Street.  Detectives stopped the vehicle and arrested Rubiel Juarez-Garcia, 27 years old. 

One of the detectives involved in the arrest of Juarez-Garcia, was working a burglary case where surveillance footage had captured an image of the suspect. The detective recognized Juarez-Garcia as the person in the surveillance footage.  Juarez-Garcia was ultimately charged with burglary, vehicle theft, possession of stolen property, and an outstanding felony warrant.  This is Juarez-Garcia’s THIRD arrest for vehicle theft in the last couple months.

Today, 10/18/18 at 2:32 a.m., an officer located an occupied stolen vehicle near the intersection of Del Sur Way and La Costa Place.  The suspect, Joseph Garcia, 25 years old, fled from the vehicle as officers approached.  Garcia was located after a yard-to-yard search and taken into custody for vehicle theft and possession of stolen property.

Garcia

Rubiel

 

To combat the increase in vehicle theft throughout the city, the Oxnard Police Department Property Crimes Detectives came up with an aggressive strategy to lower instances of stolen vehicles:  use of “bait cars” throughout the city, social Media (FB, Instagram, etc.) informational posts, property crimes investigators will work closely with the District Attorney’s Office for greater prosecution of repeat offenders, suspects arrested for driving a stolen vehicle and are under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be charged with DUI, use of theft deterrent stickers will be offered to vehicle owners and officers will be detached from patrol duties for the sole purpose of locating stolen vehicles. 

The Oxnard Police Department cannot be alone in this campaign to curb vehicle theft. Crime prevention is YOUR responsibility and it starts at home.  Let criminals know #NotThisCar!

Residents are encouraged to be “Partners in Public Safetyand are reminded to report suspicious activity to police.  Residents can report anonymously and translators are available 24/7.  Anyone with information regarding criminal activity is encouraged to contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-7740 or the Ventura County Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477 and www.venturacountycrimestoppers.org.


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