Crime

Five people arrested for stealing personal belongings from Thomas Fire evacuees

OXNARD, Calif. - Five individuals were arrested by Oxnard police accused of stealing personal belongings from a Thomas Fire evacuated family.

David Rosales, 28, Jasmine Zavala, 29, Maryann Zuniga, 29, Juan Carrillo, 44, and Lisette Topete, 28, face criminal charges related to the burglary. Authorities say all of the suspects were identified based on $10,000 in charges made to a credit card.

Police say the burglary occurred sometime during the night of Dec. 5 as the Thomas Fire was ravaging Ventura County. The victims evacuated their home after placing a large number of personal belongings in their two Chevrolet Suburbans.

The family drove to the 3700 block of Dunkirk Drive in the city of Oxnard to stay with friends when the burglary occurred.

Among the items stolen were jewelry, a guitar, clothing, electronics, and personal papers. In all, police say $75,000 worth of property was stolen from this family.

On Dec. 10, police responded to a disturbance call at the Channel Islands Inn. They served a search warrant on a room at the Inn and located property belonging to the burglary victims. Zavala, Zuniga, and Carillo were taken into custody for possession of stolen property. Additionally, Zavala was booked for child endangerment and Zuniga for an outstanding warrant.

On Dec. 18, Ventura County Sheriff's deputies located Rosales and arrested him for a separate incident. Police say that property belonging to the burglary victims was found to be in Rosales' possession at the time of his arrest.

Investigators located additional stolen property at a home in Camarillo connected to Rosales. During the search of that home, Topete was taken into custody and arrested for receiving stolen property, possession of stolen cards, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of narcotic paraphernalia, according to Oxnard police.

Police say the victims are unsure of what exactly was stolen because they were in a state of urgency when they evacuated their home and grabbed whatever they could. The Oxnard Police Department is asking the community for help locating any additional stolen property or for anyone who has information related to this crime to contact Detective Chip Buttell at 805-385-7755.


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