2017-05-19 / Front Page

4 teens arrested in connection with commercial burglaries

Police say suspects may have also committed similar crimes in T.O.

Four Moorpark teens who police believe are linked to a rash of local commercial burglaries were arrested early Sunday morning, officials said.

Around 4 a.m. May 14, police responded to reports of burglaries at the Shell gas station at 6599 Collins Drive and at Raspado House and La Fiesta Mexican Grill, both at 14711 Princeton Ave.

Police said the teens were also suspected in an attempted burglary at Mayflower Market, 105 High St.

The suspects are Dominic Thomas, 18; two 17-year-olds and a 16-year-old.

Moorpark Detective Sgt. Kevin Lynch said surveillance video from the scene of one of the burglaries showed several people leaving the area in a light-colored Jeep Patriot SUV.

The detective declined to say which location captured the video.

A few minutes later, deputies saw a vehicle matching the car in the video driving along Los AngelesAve. near Spring Road.

Deputies stopped the car at Los Angeles Ave. and Millard Street and found a “significant amount of evidence” linking the three occupants to the burglaries. Through their investigation, police identified a fourth suspect, Thomas, who was arrested at his home, where police said they found additional stolen property.

The three juveniles were booked at Juvenile Hall and Thomas was sent to East Valley Jail. He posted $50,000 bail and is due to appear in court May 31.

Police said Thousand Oaks detectives helped with Moorpark’s investigation, as there have been similar commercial burglaries in that city.

Lynch said detectives are investigating to determine if the Moorpark teens were involved in the Thousand Oaks burglaries.

“We’re not prepared to say they’re related; we’re not prepared to say they’re not,” he said.

Lynch added that his officer reached out to detectives in Thousand Oaks because that city was seeing “similar types of crimes.”

Caitlin Trude

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