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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Wednesday June 23rd, 2021 :: 10:18 a.m. PDT


Organized Retail Theft Arrest

Nature of Incident: Organized Retail Theft Arrest
Report Number: 21-81716      
Location: 800 block of Arneill Road
Date & Time: June 22, 2021 at 9:40
Unit(s) Responsible: Camarillo Patrol Services and Camarillo Special Enforcement Detail

City of Residence

Marcelino Gomez
Lorenzo Alvarez
Two people were arrested in connection to an organized retail theft that occurred at Vons grocery store in Camarillo.
At about 9:40 am, the Sheriff’s Communication Center (SCC) received a call from Vons grocery store located in the 800 block of Arneill Road.  The reporting party told SCC a suspect had taken large bottles of liquor and beer from the location.  The reporting party provided a description of the suspect and the vehicle. 
Deputies who were responding to the location observed the suspect’s vehicle leaving the parking lot of Vons grocery store and initiated a traffic stop.  A search of the vehicle revealed multiple bottles of liquor and beer, valued at over $700.   Vons employees confirmed all the items were from their store. 
The two suspects were identified as Marcelino Gomez and Lorenzo Alvarez, both from the City of Oxnard.  Gomez and Alvarez were arrested for Organized Retail Theft.  In addition, Gomez was arrested for carrying a dirk or dagger and possession of a controlled substance.  Alvarez was also arrested on six local misdemeanor warrants.
Organized retail theft is responsible for millions of dollars in lost merchandise from all types of business, including grocery stores.  These items are then sold at a discounted price and/or shipped out of the country for profit.
Prepared by: Detective Chris Dyer  
News Release Date: June 23, 2021  
Media Follow-Up Contact: Detective Chris Dyer
(805) 535-0270
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Capt. 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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