Suspect arrested for residential burglary of home evacuated because of Thomas Fire

Ventura Police Department – Incident Press Release

On December 17 at 7AM, the Ventura Police Department Street Crimes Unit conducted follow up investigation re a residential burglary that had occurred at a residence that had been evacuated as the Thomas fire neared the Ventura hillside on 12/4/17.

A Ventura County Sherriff’s Deputy contacted the suspect identified as 34 year old 34 years, Fredonia AZ resident Joshua Wilson in Camarillo. Wilson was acting suspiciously and displayed signs of being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Wilson was arrested and during a search of his person the deputy located property that was determined to have been stolen during the Ventura burglary. Wilson was booked into the Ventura County Main Jail on the charges of being under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of suspected methamphetamine, and identity theft.

This morning, December 17th, Ventura Street Crimes Unit Detectives obtained a search warrant for Wilson’s vehicle after it was towed to the Ventura Police Department. During the search of the vehicle, additional stolen property from the Ventura burglary was located and seized along with other suspected stolen items.

Detectives contacted Wilson who is currently in custody to obtain a statement however, Wilson refused to cooperate.

Street Crimes Unit Detectives are continuing their investigation and anticipate that additional charges against Wilson will be filed this week.

This investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information related to this crime is urged to call the Ventura Police Department Street Crimes Unit at 339-4325, or make an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. If your information leads to an arrest, you could receive a cash reward of up to $1,000.


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