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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Saturday December 21st, 2019 :: 06:33 p.m. PST


Probationer arrested for Camarillo Vehicle Burglary and Identity Theft.

On 12/19/19, Camarillo Police Special Enforcement Detectives arrested Christopher Wilson for PC 459 / Burglary, and PC 530.5 / Identify theft.
In early November 2019, a Camarillo resident parked a vehicle in the parking lot of a Camarillo business establishment.  Upon returning to the vehicle a short time later, the victim discovered the rear glass window of the vehicle had been smashed and that a purse had been stolen.  A short time later, the victim received notification from credit card companies that the credit cards had been fraudulently used at several Camarillo businesses.     
The Camarillo Investigations Bureau immediately began an investigation into the burglary and identity theft crimes.  While working in a collaborative effort with the local businesses in which the victim’s credit cards were fraudulently used, Camarillo Detectives positively identified the suspect as Christopher Wilson. Wilson is currently on probation for drug and theft related charges, with search terms. Detectives also confirmed Wilson has an extensive criminal history of property crimes arrests.      
On December 19, 2019, Camarillo Special Enforcement Detectives located Wilson at a motel in the City of Bakersfield. At the time he was contacted, detectives noticed Wilson was wearing some of the same clothing as seen in the video surveillance when he made the fraudulent charges. During a probation search of Wilson’s motel room and vehicle, Detectives located several color printers, credit cards not belonging to Wilson, blank checks, numerous pre-paid gift cards and California Driver licenses. These items are consistent with the paraphernalia utilized by suspects involved with identity theft.  Wilson was also in possession of fraudulent California Department of Motor Vehicle registration stickers, false license plates, suspected fentanyl possessed for the purpose for sales and paraphernalia commonly used to ingest illegal drugs.
Based on the results of the investigation, Wilson was arrested for the vehicle burglary and Identity thefts which occurred in Camarillo in November 2019. A female in the motel room with Wilson was identified and it was confirmed she had a Kern County felony warrant for her arrest. Members of the Bakersfield Police Department assisted with the investigation and arrested this female for the warrant and booked her into Kern County Jail. Wilson was transported to the Ventura County Pre-Trial Detention Facility and booked for violation of California Penal Codes 459/Burglary and 530.5(a)/Identity Theft where he remains in custody with a bail set at $60,000.00. Based on what was located inside Wilson’s motel room in Bakersfield, additional charges will be pending in Kern County.
On 12/20/19 The Ventura County District Attorney’s Office filed one count of felony vehicle burglary, two counts of felony identity theft, one count of felon identity theft with a prior conviction, and two counts of misdemeanor fraudulent use of a credit card.   Camarillo Detectives believe that Wilson may be involved in multi-jurisdictional identity theft crimes throughout southern California.  Anyone with information pertaining to any outstanding crimes involving Wilson is urged to contact Detective Hollowell at 805-388-5113.   
The successful outcome of this investigation was a direct result of the collaborative effort between the Camarillo Police Department and local businesses. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank members of the public for their on-going support and due diligence in providing information to assist our agency in solving crimes that impact the quality of life in our communities. 
The Camarillo Police Department Special Enforcement Detail (SED) is a plain clothes unit that conducts a variety of investigations of crimes and criminal activity occurring within the City of Camarillo.  The goal of SED is to reduce property crime and violent crime through investigations and directed enforcement.  Anyone with information regarding criminal actively is encouraged to contact the Camarillo Police Department at 805-388-5100.          
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Prepared by: Detective Hollowell  
News Release Date: 12/21/2019  
Media Follow-Up Contact: Detective Hollowell  805-388-5113  
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