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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Monday June 21st, 2021 :: 11:52 a.m. PDT


Suspect Arrested for Vandalism and Street Terrorism

Nature of Incident: Suspect Arrested for Vandalism and Street Terrorism
Report Number: RB# 21-77150
Location: 700 Block of Ventura Street, Fillmore, Ca
Date & Time: June 13, 2021 @ 6:45 PM
Unit(s) Responsible: Fillmore Patrol Services and Fillmore Detective Bureau
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence

(A) Leonardo Morales
Fillmore 29
A 29-year-old Fillmore resident was arrested for spray painting gang graffiti and causing hundreds of dollars of vandalism damage within the city of Fillmore. 
On June 13, 2021, at approximately 6:45 PM, deputies responded to a report of a suspect who had spray painted gang related graffiti on a cement wall of a local business and a trash dumpster in the 700 block of Ventura Street.  This crime was witnessed by a diligent citizen who relayed valuable information to the deputies.   
Fillmore patrol deputies and the Fillmore Detective Bureau quickly conducted a follow-up investigation.  The investigation resulted in the vandalism suspect being identified as a known probationer and a Fillmore resident named Leonardo Morales.
On June 18, 2021, at approximately 9:30 AM, Fillmore detectives located and arrested Morales on Old Telegraph Road near Sespe Avenue in Fillmore.  Detectives conducted a probation search of Morale’s residence and located evidence implicating Morales in the vandalism crime. 
Morales was taken into custody and he was subsequently booked at the Ventura County Main Jail for violations of Graffiti Vandalism and Participation in a Criminal Street Gang.  Morales remains in custody with his bail set at $100,000.  His court date is set for June 22, 2021.
Graffiti vandalism is an eyesore that directly affects the quality of life in our communities. If left
unchecked, graffiti can decrease property values and lead to the deterioration of entire neighborhoods.  Gang graffiti may also be the catalyst for additional, more serious conflicts
between rival gangs. The removal of graffiti costs homeowners, business owners and taxpayers
thousands of dollars each year.
The Fillmore Police Department encourages citizens to immediately report suspicious people and
vehicles, and to promptly report any graffiti they come across by calling 911. After police investigation, all graffiti should be immediately removed.
Anyone with information pertaining to crimes are urged to contact The Fillmore Police Station at (805) 524-2233 or the below listed detective. The reporting party may remain anonymous.
Graffiti Removal
The city removes all graffiti by either painting over it or by using the power washer, depending
upon the location of the graffiti. If graffiti is on private property, the city secures a signed
agreement from the property owner giving them permission to do the work. Call the city at (805)
524-1500 if you see graffiti within the city and they will take steps to remove it.
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. We are better at what we do because of our community partnerships.
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Prepared by: Detective Shawn Pewsey #3867  
News Release Date: 06-21-21  
Media Follow-Up Contact: Detective Shawn Pewsey
(805) 947-9128
[email protected]
Approved by:
Booking Photo Release:
Captain Garo Kuredjian
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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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Ventura, CA 93003

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