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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Friday March 12th, 2021 :: 03:30 p.m. PST


Proactive Policing Leads to Arrests for Possession of Stolen Bicycles and Return of Stolen Property to Victims.

Nature of Incident: Proactive Policing Leads to Arrests for Possession of Stolen Bicycles and Return of Stolen Property to Victims.
Report Number: 21-9045, 21-18763, 21-26273
Location: 25 Block of W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks
Date & Time: 03/08/2021 @10:30 a.m.
Unit(s) Responsible: Thousand Oaks Directed Enforcement Unit (DEU)
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence

(S-1) Emperatriz Marroquin
(S-2) Rosario Soto
(V-1) Male
(V-2) Female
Thousand Oaks
Thousand Oaks
Thousand Oaks
Thousand Oaks
On March 8, 2021, the Thousand Oaks Directed Enforcement Unit (DEU) arrested Emperatriz Marroquin and Rosario Soto for two counts of Possession of Stolen Property in the city of Thousand Oaks.  The arrests were made following a search warrant at their residence on February 12, 2021.  At the time of the search warrant, Marroquin and Soto were arrested for numerous narcotics charges.  Seven bicycles were recovered during the execution of the search warrant.  There was evidence indicating the bicycles may be stolen.
One of the bicycles had the serial number etched off in an obvious attempt to prevent law enforcement from positively identifying the owner of the bicycle.  Further investigation revealed two of the bicycles located at Marroquin and Soto’s residence were reported as stolen locally.  Both victims were able to provide information to investigators to confirm the bicycles located were stolen.  The bicycles were released to the victims at the Thousand Oaks Police Station. 
There has been increase in bicycle thefts in recent months.  Bicycle thefts are a crime of opportunity, oftentimes committed by local thieves who are either on foot, another bicycle or driving a vehicle.  These crimes typically occur when bicycles are left unattended, not secured using a locking device or left in plain sight.  Residents are encouraged to report suspicious activity immediately by calling 9-1-1.

The Thousand Oaks Police Department is requesting those who believe they may be an owner of the five remaining outstanding bicycles to email Detective Spears at [email protected].
A few ways to prevent these crimes from occurring are:
  1. Document the serial number with a picture or other means for future reference.
  2. Engrave an identification number (partial driver’s license number or last four digits of social security number) in an inconspicuous place on the bicycle.
  3. Keep your bicycle inside your residence or a locked building.
  4. Keep your bicycle out of plain sight.
  5. Always secure your bicycle with a lock that cannot be easily cut or removed.
  6. Keep a picture of your bicycle for future reference.
  7. Never leave your bicycle out in the open for an extended period of time.
To learn more on how to secure ownership of your bicycle, click on the Thousand Oaks Police Department  video:
The Directed Enforcement Unit (DEU) is made up of members of the Thousand Oaks Police Department. The mission of the unit is to conduct proactive policing utilizing intelligence led policing methods to reduce crime within the city of Thousand Oaks.
Prepared by: Detective Mackenzie Spears  
News Release Date: March 12, 2021
Media Follow-Up Contact: Detective Mackenzie Spears
(805) 947-8283
Approved by:
Booking Photo Release:
Captain Don Aguilar
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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).

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

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