Here’s a roundup of recent incidents and announcements from Ventura County agencies:
Gunfire injures 2
OXNARD — Two people were injured by gunfire in a car-to-car shooting in south Oxnard Saturday night, officials said.
The incident was reported around 7 pm in the 5400 block of Cypress Road, said Oxnard Police Department Cmdr. Sharon Giles.
Two male victims in one of the cars were hit in the back by shots fired into the vehicle, she said.
The victims, who were taken to Ventura County Medical Center, were said to be in stable condition.
The department’s violent crimes unit is investigating, Giles said.
Rosemary plants targeted in nursery theft
VENTURA COUNTY — A Fillmore man was arrested last week after allegedly stealing hundreds of pounds of rosemary plants from a nursery in the area.
Early Thursday, a Ventura County Sheriff’s deputy on patrol in Fillmore noticed an unoccupied vehicle parked illegally in an alley in the 400 block of Central Avenue, officials said. The deputy noticed a large amount of rosemary plants inside the vehicle.
Later Thursday morning, an area rancher called to report a theft at his nursery after discovering someone had cut and taken hundreds of pounds of rosemary from his fields along South Mountain Road, in unincorporated land southwest of the city.
Fillmore deputies and detectives followed up, identifying a 31-year-old resident as the suspect. The suspect had previously been arrested in 2019 for allegedly stealing bay laurel plants from a nursery in the same area. The sheriff’s office is contracted to provide police services in Fillmore and patrols the surrounding unincorporated area.
Later that day, authorities found the suspect and his vehicle near Saratoga Avenue in Fillmore. Fresh-cut rosemary and other evidence linking him to the theft was found in the vehicle, which he purportedly tried to conceal by parking it some distance from his residence, according to sheriff’s officials.
The man was arrested on suspicion of felony grand theft of crops and possession of stolen property. He was booked into county jail with bail set at $10,000.
The stolen plants were returned to the nursery. The arrest was aided by the Farm Watch program, officials said, a partnership between growers and the sheriff’s office that provides updates on agriculture crime trends and information on preserving evidence after an incident.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Frank Valdez at the Fillmore station at 805-524-2233.
Man allegedly broke in while resident slept
PORT HUENEME — A man has been charged with two felonies after allegedly breaking into a Port Hueneme residence and stealing a car while the victim slept, authorities said.
The break-in was reported Tuesday. The suspect, later identified as a 39-year-old man described as transient, had allegedly forced entry through a rear sliding door while the victim slept inside, according to the Port Hueneme Police Department.
The suspect reportedly ransacked the master bedroom and went to the kitchen, where he grabbed the victim’s purse and car keys, then went to the garage and left in the victim’s vehicle.
Using surveillance video and a prior local contact, officers identified the man. Night shift officers confirmed he had been seen wearing the same shirt visible in the surveillance video and had told officers he came from San Francisco and was on his way to San Diego.
On Wednesday, officers with the Signal Hill Police Department in Los Angeles County found the stolen vehicle with the suspect driving and reportedly in possession of items stolen during the burglary.
He was arrested and taken back to Ventura County, where he pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree residential burglary and auto theft, Ventura County Superior Court records show. He remained in county jail Sunday in lieu of $50,000 bail.
Anyone with information is asked to call Senior Detective Baltazar Tapia at 805-986-6619.
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