Santa Paula | Foiled Burglary Attempt/Suspects Arrested

Santa Paula Police Department – Incident Press Release  

On Friday, June 8, 2018 at approximately 3:09 AM, the Santa Paula Police was notified  by security that a commercial burglary was in progress at Panda Express located at 545 W. Harvard Blvd. Police units arrived and observed a vehicle leaving the scene at a high rate of speed. Before leaving the scene, the driver of the vehicle called to others inside the restaurant, which indicated one or more individuals were still inside. Officers surrounded the location and an additional unit followed the fleeing vehicle. The vehicle continued on several city streets and a short pursuit ensued before the vehicle became disabled after striking the curb near 650 W. Harvard Blvd. The driver, later identified as Lohia Failelei Marks (19) of Long Beach, was taken into custody.

Three Ventura County Sheriff units arrived in response to a mutual aid request. The Ventura County Sheriff units included a Sergeant, a Deputy, and a K-9 Handler. With the assistance of the Ventura County Sheriff personnel, units from the Santa Paula Police entered the business. Two additional suspects, later identified as Douglas Curry (20) and Jack Jones (20) of Long Beach, were located inside and taken into custody. The suspects were charged with Commercial Burglary, Conspiracy, and Felony Evading. They were booked and transported to the Ventura County Main Jail. Other police agencies in the area are being contacted to determine if they have had any similar burglaries.

This is the second foiled burglary attempt this year in Santa Paula that involved former Long Beach Poly High School star athletes. Jack Jones, a football star (Class of 2016), was involved in the failed burglary attempt earlier today and taken into custody. In addition, Keyla Morgan, a female basketball star (Class of 2013), was involved in the February 19 failed burglary attempt at Domino’s Pizza (431 Ojai Rd.) with two other individuals and taken into custody.

The Santa Paula Police Department wishes to acknowledge and thank the Ventura County Sheriff Department for their assistance in taking all suspects into custody.

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