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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Wednesday March 24th, 2021 :: 05:55 p.m. PDT


Arson Suspect Arrested

Nature of Incident: Arson Suspect Arrested
Report Number: 21-38800
Location: 700 Block East Ponderosa Drive, Camarillo
Date & Time: March 24, 2021 @ 7:52 AM
Unit(s) Responsible: Camarillo Police Department
Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Bomb/Arson Unit
Ventura County Fire Department Arson Investigation Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence

(S) Gregory Gilbreath Camarillo 56
Investigators arrested (S) Gregory Gilbreath after he set fire to bushes in the 700 block of East Ponderosa Drive, in Camarillo.
On March 24, 2021, at about 7:52 AM, the Ventura County Fire Department received a call of a structure fire in a shopping center at the intersection of Ponderosa Drive and Arneill Road, in Camarillo.  Fire department personnel arrived on scene and quickly extinguished the fire.  The fire spread from bushes and the flames caused moderate damage to the exterior of a commercial structure.  Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputies from the Camarillo Patrol Station responded and conducted an investigation into the origin of the fire and determined it was deliberately set.
Due to the suspicious nature of the fire, arson investigators from both the Ventura County Fire Department and Sheriff’s Office responded to the location.  Their investigation determined the fire was the result of arson.
Gregory Gilbreath was quickly identified as a suspect in the crime.  Gilbreath was arrested for one felony count of arson and booked into the Pre-Trial Detention Facility.  Gilbreath remains in custody on $50,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in Ventura County Superior Court on March 26, 2021.
Prepared by: Detective Gregg Delarosa #3762  
News Release Date: March 24, 2021  
Media Follow-Up Contact: Detective Gregg Delarosa – 805-383-8743 [email protected]
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Booking Photo Release:
Captain Brian Slominski
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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).

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