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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Wednesday June 26th, 2019 :: 09:46 p.m. PDT

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News Story - Theft Suspects Arrested

Nature of Incident: Construction Equipment Theft Suspects Arrested

Report Number: 19-93675

Location: Briggs Road at the 126 Highway

Date & Time: 06/25/19 10:30 am

Unit(s) Responsible: Fillmore Investigations Unit

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age

(S) Sam Reyes

(S) Vanessa Lopez

Oxnard

Oxnard

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Narrative:

Two Oxnard residents were arrested for charges related to stealing a tractor from a construction

site in the unincorporated area of Santa Paula.

The victim of the crime was completing a construction project in the area of Briggs Road and the

126 Highway. The development involved heavy machinery which included a “CAT” mini-dozer

tractor. During the weekend of 06/14/19, the victim parked the construction equipment at the job

site and returned on 06/17/19. When the victim returned, he discovered the tractor was gone.

The tractor was equipped with a GPS device which indicated the unit was in Phoenix, Arizona.

Detectives worked in conjunction with authorities in Phoenix to track the equipment to a

residence. Based on their investigation in Phoenix, detectives were able to identify Sam Reyes

and Vanessa Lopez as the primary suspects in the case. Detectives learned that Reyes and

Lopez stole the tractor from the job site in Santa Paula. The suspects created a post on the

website “OfferUp” which is used to sell various products. A buyer answered the advertisement

and met with the suspects near the location of the theft. The buyer provided the suspects cash

for the tractor and then proceeded to Phoenix.

Investigators discovered that Reyes and Lopez lived in the Oxnard area. On 06/25/19,

detectives went to their residence and located both suspects.

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They were arrested and booked into the Pre-Trial Detention Facility in Ventura for the following

charges:

Reyes: 487 (d)(1) PC- grand theft auto, 532 (a) PC- obtaining property under false pretenses,

182 (a)(1) PC- conspiracy, and 11364 (a) HS- possession of drug paraphernalia and an out of

county warrant for theft.

Lopez: 487 (d)(1) PC- grand theft auto, 532 (a) PC- obtaining property under false pretenses,

and 182 (a)(1) PC- conspiracy.

Detectives are seeking help from the public who may have made a purchase from Reyes and

Lopez on “OfferUp” or by any other means. If so, please contact Detective Bill Meixner at the

phone number listed below.

Prepared by: Sergeant Vince Alvarez

News Release Date: 06/26/19

Media Follow-Up Contact: Detective Bill Meixner (805) 947-9391

Approved by:

Booking Photo Release:

Captain Shane Matthews

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Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which

leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this

crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime

Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

Address/Location
Ventura County Sheriff's Office
800 S Victoria Ave
Ventura, CA 93009

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 805-654-9511

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