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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Saturday November 16th, 2019 :: 05:49 p.m. PST


Media Release - Suspects Arrested for Organized Retail Theft in Thousand Oaks

Nature of Incident: Ulta Beauty Grand Theft Arrest

Report Number: 19-179083

Location: 200 Block of North Moorpark Road

Date & Time: 11-15-19  1525 hours

Unit(s) Responsible:
Thousand Oaks Police Department and Special Enforcement Unit
Orange County Sheriff’s Department

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

Jordan Jean Pierre, Princess Anne, Maryland, 20
Mark Lutula, Los Angeles, 19
Female Juvenile, Los Angeles, 16

On November 15, 2019, deputies with the Thousand Oaks Police Department and its Special Enforcement Unit arrested three suspects for Conspiring to Commit Grand Theft from Ulta Beauty, located in the 200 block of North Moorpark Road. 
At approximately 1345 hours, Detectives with the Special Enforcement Unit (SEU) received information from Investigators with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department regarding a potential burglary at the Ulta Beauty in Thousand Oaks.  At about the same time, three individuals later identified as Jordan Jean Pierre, Mark Lutula and a 16 year-old female juvenile entered the store and appeared to be “casing” the business.  After being contacted by store employees, the suspects left the store.
SEU Detectives responded and conducted a surveillance on the business and observed Jean Pierre and Lutula return at approximately 1525 hours.  Pierre and Lutula entered Ulta Beauty with empty shopping bags and filled the bags with merchandise valued to be worth more than $2500.  Pierre and Lutula ran out of the store towards an awaiting vehicle in the parking lot.  An alert security officer contacted them as they were running back to their vehicle.  The suspects then dropped the stolen merchandise and entered a vehicle which sped away.  The stolen merchandise was recovered at the scene.  Thousand Oaks Police Department patrol deputies and SEU detectives conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle a short distance away and arrested Jean Pierre, Lutula and the female juvenile for the crime. 
Jean Pierre was arrested for 182(a)(1) PC – Conspiracy to Commit a Crime and 487(a) PC – Grand Theft.  Lutula was arrested for 182(a)(1) PC – Conspiracy to Commit a Crime, 487(a) PC – Grand Theft, False Information to a Police Officer – 148.9(a) PC and an outstanding warrant from Pasadena for 487(a) PC – Grand Theft and False Information to a Police Officer – 148.9(a) PC.  Jean Pierre was booked into the Main Jail and Lutula was booked into the East County Jail for the listed violations, where their bails were set at $100,000.  The female juvenile was lodged into the Juvenile Justice Center.  
The Thousand Oaks Police Department has seen a recent rise in Organized Retail Theft activity at this Ulta Beauty location and other businesses that sell cosmetics and fragrances in Thousand Oaks.

Prepared by:
Sergeant Greg Gibson

News Release Date:

Media Follow-Up Contact:
Detective Aaron Wilkinson 805-797-6357
[email protected]

Approved by:
Booking Photo Release:
Captain Denise Sliva

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).

Ventura County Sheriff's Office
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Ventura, CA 93003

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