Oxnard Suspects Arrested | Possession of Stolen Vehicles in Separate Incidents.

Oxnard Police Department – Incident Press Release

The Oxnard Police Department has been making strides in reducing the number of reported stolen vehicles in the city. Over the course of several days, Oxnard Police Officers have arrested the following people for auto theft related charges.

On March 15, 2019, Oxnard Police Officers observed a stolen 2003 Honda Civic near the intersection of Hemlock Street and Dunsmuir Street. Officer’s contacted the driver identified as Thomas Bernhardt, 31 years old. During the investigation it was determined that the Honda was stolen out of the city of Oxnard on March 13, 2019.  Bernhardt was arrested for driving a stolen vehicle, possession of stolen property and for possession of drug paraphernalia. Bernhardt has an extensive criminal record which includes arrests for auto theft.

On March 17, 2019, Oxnard Police Officers observed a stolen 1999 Honda Civic near the intersection of Saviers Road and Pleasant Valley Road. Officers stopped the vehicle and contacted the driver identified as Fernando Salinas, 29 years old. During the investigation it was determined that the Honda was stolen out of the city of Oxnard on March 15, 2019.  Salinas was arrested for driving a stolen vehicle, possession of stolen property and for possession of burglary tools.  Salinas has three prior convictions for auto theft related charges and is currently on probation for auto theft.   

The passenger in the stolen vehicle was identified as Richard Rodriguez, 44 years old. Rodriguez was arrested for an outstanding misdemeanor warrant and of possession of stolen property.

On March 17, 2019, Oxnard Police Officers observed a stolen 2001 Honda Accord that was parked near the intersection of Ventura Road and Wagon Wheel Road. Officers contacted Nestor Camargo, 27 years old and arrested him for possession of the stolen vehicle, possession of stolen property and for being under the influence of drugs. The vehicle was reported stolen from the city of Oxnard on March 16, 2019.

The four subjects arrested all indicated that they are homeless or transient. All of the stolen vehicles recovered are Honda vehicles.

Suspects: Thomas Bernhardt, 31 years old,  Fernando Salinas, 29 years old, Richard Rodriguez, 44 years old, Nestor Camargo, 27 years old

Help protect yourself and your vehicle from thieves by remembering to:

  • Lock your vehicle and take out your valuables when leaving it.  An unlocked car is an invitation to a thief. 
  • Close all windows – thieves can open vehicles through the smallest of openings.
  • To take your car keys with you. Do not leave them in your car, or leave your car running. 

Detectives from the Auto Theft Task Force are offering steering wheel locks to Oxnard residents.  Owners of 1990-2000 Honda passenger vehicles are asked to be extra vigilant due to the high number of thefts involving these specific vehicles.  The Auto Theft Task Force has a limited amount of steering wheel locks available, for details on obtaining a free steering wheel lock, contact Detective Enrique Alvarez at (805) 385-7664.

The Oxnard Police Department cannot effectively stop auto theft without the assistance of concerned, responsible residents.  We are depending on YOU to call and tell us whenever you see suspicious persons or activity.  Anyone with information regarding this case or other criminal activity is encouraged to contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805)385-7600, or online via the Oxnard Police Department’s website: www.oxnardpd.org and select the Report Suspicious Activity tab located on the homepage. You can remain anonymous if you choose to do so. You can also remain anonymous by calling the Ventura County Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477. You can also visit this site: www.venturacountycrimestoppers.org to submit a tip via text or email.

 


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