Receive alerts from your local agencies
...or text your ZIP CODE to 888777 for mobile alerts

Full Notification

Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Monday August 20th, 2018 :: 08:09 p.m. PDT

Community

News Story - Apple Store Retail Theft Crew Arrested

Nature of Incident: Organized Retail Theft Crew Arrested after Altercation with Mall Customers

Report Number: 18-129801

Location: Apple, 432 West Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks

Date & Time: 8/19/18 @ 3:17 P.M.

Unit Responsible: Thousand Oaks Police Department Patrol, East County Sheriff’s Investigations Bureau

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

(S) Tynisha Noel

(S) Mona Benoit

(S) Donte Sims

(S) Edward Benton

(S) Timothy Terry

Fresno

Sacramento

Antioch

Antioch

Antioch

26

23

24

23

19

Narrative:

On August 19, 2018, at approximately 3:17 P.M., three suspects entered the Apple store located in the Oaks Mall. All three suspects were wearing hooded sweatshirts with the hoods up on their heads. Once inside, the three suspects proceeded to steal several Apple IPhones and Apple laptop computers totaling approximately $18,000.00. All three suspects ran out of the store, and in doing so, ran into a juvenile female customer causing her to fall to the ground. Other customers in the area tackled two of the suspects and detained them until Thousand Oaks Police Department Deputies arrived on scene. These two suspects were identified as Donte Sims of Antioch California and Timothy Terry also of Antioch California. The third suspect fled the mall and got into a waiting vehicle. Donte Sims and Timothy Terry were arrested for violating Penal Code section 459 – burglary and PC 182(a)(1) – criminal conspiracy.

At approximately 3:36 P.M., a Ventura County Sheriff patrol deputy observed a vehicle with three occupants traveling at a high rate of speed on eastbound State Route 118 in the City of Simi Valley and conducted a traffic stop. Upon contact, the patrol deputy identified the driver as Mona Benoit of Sacramento, passenger Tynisha Noel of Fresno, and passenger Edward Benton of Antioch. The patrol deputy ultimately arrested the driver for driving under influence of a controlled substance. A search of the vehicle resulted in the recovery of the Apple IPhones stolen from the Thousand Oaks Mall Apple store as well as Apple devices stolen during a burglary of an Apple store in Los Angeles County. Thousand Oaks Police Department Detectives identified this group as an Organized Retail Theft Crew and are conducting an investigation into this burglary as well as the burglary that occurred in Los Angeles County.

Prepared by: Sergeant Robert Davidson

Media Release Date: August 1, 2018

Media Follow-Up Contact: Detective Jon Lyman

(805) 947-8284

Jonathan.lyman@ventura.org

Approved by: Captain Bill Schierman

CHIEF OF POLICE COMMANDER TIM HAGEL

SHERIFF GEOFF DEAN

 

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

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

Navigate & Discover