Ventura Street Crimes Unit arrests Residential Burglary Suspects

Ventura Police Department – Incident Press Release

In May 2017 the Ventura Street Crimes Unit detectives began an investigation into several residential burglaries that had occurred in the east end of Ventura. Numerous items of property, jewelry, and credit cards were stolen during these crimes.

The detectives worked with our CSI unit to locate fingerprints, DNA, and other forensic evidence left behind by the suspects. Detectives also began to monitor the use of the victim’s stolen credit cards that had been used at several retail stores.

As this investigation continued two suspects were identified through eye witnesses, fingerprints, and store video surveillance.

One suspect identified as Frank Orta JR was determined to be on active parole for burglary. He did not have any permanent address which made it difficult for detectives to track him down. The second suspect identified as Stephanie Bura also had no permanent address however her vehicle was often seen parked in front of a residence on Amherst St.

Detectives conducted several surveillance operations on Bura and gathered enough evidence to obtain a search warrant for the Amherst residence.

On 8/4/17 Street Crimes Unit detectives served the search warrant on Amherst, however, Bura was not present. During the search of this residence detectives located stolen property, stolen mail, and other evidence linking Bura the recent string of burglaries.

Later that same afternoon VPD patrol officers responded to a report of a residential burglary in progress on the east end of Ventura.

The suspects fled in a vehicle and witnesses provided the responding officers with a license plate and description. A short time later the suspect vehicle was observed entering the 101 freeway from Rose.

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