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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Thursday October 21st, 2021 :: 02:31 p.m. PDT


News Story - Arrests Related to Storage Unit Burglary Spree

Nature of Incident: Arrests Related to Storage Unit Burglary Spree
Report Number: 21-121741
Location: 2400 Block of Townsgate Rd. Thousand Oaks, CA.
Date & Time: 09/13/2021 @ 07:00 AM
Unit(s) Responsible: Thousand Oaks Police Investigations Bureau
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence

(S) Loretta Lutton
(S) Abel Ordaz
Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles, CA
On 10/20/21, investigators with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office/Thousand Oaks Police Investigations Bureau completed an investigation into numerous storage unit burglaries by arresting two suspects involved in the planning and execution of the crime. 
On 09/13/2021, patrol deputies from the Thousand Oaks Police Station responded to a storage facility located in the 2400 block of Townsgate Road in the city of Thousand Oaks.  The responding deputies learned 21 storage units had been burglarized with a loss estimated at over $100,000 dollars.  Video surveillance showed the suspects stealing the property and loading it into a rented moving truck and personal vehicle.
Investigators with the Thousand Oaks Police Investigations Bureau, Career Criminals Unit collaborated with patrol deputies, other police agencies and authored numerous search warrants, and used other law enforcement techniques to identify the suspects.  They were identified as Loretta Lutton and Abel Ordaz from Los Angeles, California. 
On 10/20/21, the Thousand Oaks investigators served search warrants at both Lutton and Ordaz’ residences, in Los Angeles.  Both parties were arrested and stolen property linking them to the storage unit burglaries was recovered.  Lutton and Ordaz were booked at the Ventura County Main Jail for 7 counts of P.C. 459 Burglary. 
Lutton remains in custody with a bail set at $100,000.  Ordaz remains in custody with bail set at $200,000.  Each of their next court dates are October 22, 2021. 
Investigators want to express their appreciation for the fact the business had installed high quality surveillance cameras inside and outside their buildings.  The information and data obtained from the surveillance footage was crucial in the quick identification and apprehension of the suspects in this incident. 
Prepared by: Detective Susan Johnsen  
News Release Date: 10/20/2021  
Media Follow-Up Contact: Detective Susan Johnsen
[email protected]
(805) 373-2307
Approved by:
Booking Photo Release:
Captain Denise Sliva
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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