PetSmart vandalized in Ventura

Ventura Police Department – Incident Press Release

July 11th at approximately 9:40 AM, the Ventura Police Department Command Center received a call from an employee at PetSmart, 4840 Telephone Rd., reporting a subject disturbing inside the store and banging on the fish tanks. By the time officers arrived on scene, the subject, later identified as 28 year old vagrant, Matthew Blair-Oliver, had already reached into the fish tanks and grabbed several fish, killing 3 of them.  Additional fish were harmed.

Blair-Oliver was detained and later arrested for misdemeanor vandalism.

It was determined because these particular fish are not considered an endangered species it did not qualify for cruelty to an animal, therefore were the property of PetSmart and killing them constituted vandalism.


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