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

Full Notification

Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Wednesday April 17th, 2019 :: 04:35 p.m. PDT


News Story - Lockwood Valley Chop Shop

Nature of Incident: Chop Shop Operation

Incident Number:



Camp Scheideck - Lockwood Valley

Date: 04/16/19

Unit(s) Responsible: Lockwood Valley Deputies, Ojai Detectives Bureau, and the Ventura County Auto Theft Task Force

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age (S) Paul Jenkins (S) Nicole Denton Ventura, CA


Narrative: In February 2019, a Lockwood Valley Deputy arrested Paul Jenkins for possessing a stolen trailer in violation of California Vehicle Code (CVC) 10851(a). In March 2019, Lockwood Valley Deputies arrested Nicole Denton, Paul Jenkins wife, with an additional stolen trailer in Lockwood Valley. During that investigation, the deputies learned Jenkins and Denton had a stolen motorcycle on their property in Camp Scheideck and evidence indicating the property was being used as a chop shop in violation of CVC 10801. The Lockwood Valley Deputies obtained a search warrant to recover the stolen motorcycle and search for additional stolen property as well as evidence pertaining to the chop shop operation.

The Lockwood Valley Deputies, Ojai Detectives Bureau, and the Ventura County Auto Theft Task Force served the search warrant in Camp Scheideck. During the warrant service, evidence of a chop shop operation, two stolen vehicles, three stolen license plates, a loaded sawed off 12 gauge shotgun with the serial number obliterated, an unregistered .22 caliber rifle converted to a pistol, and various explosives were located.

On 04/16/19, Jenkins was arrested for possessing explosives without a permit in violation of Health and Safety Code 12305. Warrants have been requested for the additional violations  uncovered during the search warrant operation.

Prepared by: Deputy Sam Moss

News Release Date: 04/17/19

Media Follow-Up Contact: Deputy Sam Moss (661) 245-3829

Approved by: Captain J. Fryhoff

Ventura County Sheriff's Office
800 S Victoria Ave
Ventura, CA 93003

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

Navigate & Discover