Thousand Oaks Identity Theft Arrest Busts Gas Theft Ring
Thousand Oaks Arrest Busts Gas Theft Ring
Thousand Oaks police arrested a Van Nuys man for mail theft and identity theft. As a result of the identity theft arrest, they also discovered a connection to a Los Angeles-based gasoline theft operation.

A witness reported seeing the driver of a commercial truck stealing mail from a Thousand Oaks mailbox. Police located the driver of the truck and arrested him following their investigation. They searched the vehicle and discovered stolen mail, multiple gift cards and drug paraphernalia.

Thousand Oaks police impounded the truck. A further inspection of the vehicle revealed four makeshift diesel fuel tanks inside the bed of the truck. The tanks could each hold 200 gallons of fuel.

Police believe the man erased the magnetic stripes on the gift cards, then recoded them with stolen credit card information. He used the duplicate credit cards to pay for the fuel, then later resold the fuel to gas stations at a discounted price. Officers also found incriminating surveillance video footage showing the man stealing mail, and frequenting neighborhoods where residents reported mail thefts.

Prosecutors charged the man with one felony identity theft count and five misdemeanors, including mail theft and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Thousand Oaks Identity Theft Attorney


If you’re arrested for identity theft in Thousand Oaks, your first call should be to an experienced identity theft attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend practices criminal defense exclusively in Ventura County and throughout Southern California. He takes identity theft cases defense in Thousand Oaks.

His first priority will be to get the felony charges against you reduced or dropped altogether. This is an important step because felony convictions can result in longer sentences or even lifetime incarceration, thanks to the state’s Three Strikes Law. If that’s not realistic, he will work to ensure the best possible outcome for your case.

Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County identity theft/murder case.

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Statewide Theft Crew Nabbed in Ventura
Statewide Theft Crew Nabbed in Ventura
Ventura authorities charged four people with theft following multiple commercial burglaries in Thousand Oaks. Police arrested the group after a wild chase that started in Camarillo and ended in Santa Barbara County.

Authorities say that the four, who reside in the San Francisco area, targeted Ventura County businesses. The four conducted an organized retail theft operation, and stole more than $100,000 in merchandise from Los Angeles and Ventura area businesses. Authorities say that the operation netted more than $1M in stolen merchandise across the state.

Store owners alerted police to the group’s activities last month at The Oaks mall. Police also connected the crew to several burglaries and strong-arm robberies in Glendale and Camarillo. According to police, the group stole more than $10,000 in merchandise in a single day.

Police contacted the group in late March and attempted to stop them. Instead, the suspects led police on a lengthy chase at speeds that sometimes exceeded 100 m.p.h. Police stopped the car after successfully deploying “stop sticks” in Gaviota. Deputies searched the vehicle and discovered more than $15,000 in stolen merchandise.

Prosecutors charged each member of the group with conspiracy, burglary and possession of burglary tools. In addition, they charged the driver with felony evading. Three of the four subjects pled guilty to the charges and are being held pending sentencing.

Ventura Theft lawyer


Repeat felony convictions in California can put you in danger of lifetime imprisonment, thanks to the state’s Three Strikes Law. If you’re facing felony theft charges, hire an experienced theft lawyer like Robert Helfend.

Robert Helfend practices criminal defense exclusively and takes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California. He is an aggressive criminal defense attorney, who will fight to preserve your rights and freedoms in court. Don’t work with an inexperienced attorney.

Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura theft case.

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Thousand Oaks DUI Conviction Nets Prison
Thousand Oaks Drunk Driving Conviction Nets Prison
A Thousand Oaks man received a nearly five-year prison sentence following his conviction for felony drunk driving and other DUI related charges.

According to prosecutors, the man had a blood alcohol content of 0.26 at the time of his July arrest. Deputies arrested him after they observed him repeatedly swerving onto the shoulder of Highway 118. When deputies attempted to stop him, he fled, driving about 6 miles before he stopped.

In addition to the sentence for DUI in Ventura, he also received prison time for driving without a valid license, providing false information at the time of his arrest and a resisting infraction. This was his sixth DUI conviction and his third prison sentence for DUI. The judge also suspended his driving privileges for five years and designated him a habitual traffic offender.

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This case illustrates the severity of California’s drunk driving penalties. Repeated drunk driving convictions require accelerated penalties. Those penalties include prison terms and unfavorable designations that make it exceptionally difficult to restore driving privileges. It also demonstrates why you need an experienced Thousand Oaks DUI attorney when you’re facing a drunk driving charge.

Robert Helfend practices criminal defense law in Ventura County and throughout Southern California. Thousand Oaks residents know that they can depend on Mr. Helfend to provide exceptional representation for them, regardless of their criminal defense needs.

Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney to defend you, and don’t settle for an attorney who won’t aggressively defend you when your freedom is on the line.

Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura drunk driving case.

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Simi Valley Drug Possession Bust
Simi Valley Drug Possession Bust
Simi Valley Police have arrested three people in connection with a heroin home-delivery ring operating in Ventura County. According to police, two Fullerton men and a Simi Valley resident were arrested and charged with drug possession and criminal conspiracy.

According to police, the men would take phone orders for drugs, and would send delivery personnel to an agreed-upon meeting place. Police conducted a three-month investigation of the delivery operations following the heroin-overdose deaths of two Ventura County residents.

Police developed information about the delivery service from friends of the men who died after using the delivered drugs. Police made heroin-delivery purchases in Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley and Moorpark. Ventura County law enforcement officials busted a similar drug delivery operation in 2014.

Police have aggressively pursued heroin dealers following a string of overdose-related deaths in and around Ventura County. In one case, a 16-year-old boy died from a fatal overdose of heroin. Police arrested a 19-year-old, whom they say provided the boy with the drug.

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While California is relaxing certain penalties associated with drug possession and use, drug possession related to drug sales is still being vigorously prosecuted. In addition, prosecutors are now establishing a pattern of prosecuting people who sell drugs for the outcome of a customer’s drug use.

If you’ve been arrested for drug possession, or accused of being a drug dealer, you need the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has provided exceptional criminal defense services in Ventura County and throughout Southern California for more than 30 years.

He will fight overzealous prosecutors aggressively, and will work to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. Don’t risk your freedom on inexperienced defense counsel.

Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura drug possession case.

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Thousand Oaks police arrest man for sex crimes
Thousand Oaks police arrest man for sex crimes
Thousand Oaks police arrested an Oak Park parolee last month for sex crimes, including possession of child pornography, annoying or molesting a minor, and sending sexually abusive materials to a minor.

According to police, Matthew Myers posed as a 17-year-old boy, and contacted a 15-year-old girl via the social media site Facebook. After conversing with the girl, he asked her for sexually explicit photos. He is also accused of contacting a 16-year-old boy and sending him sexually explicit photographs.

Myers is on parole for previous sexual assaults, and is monitored electronically. In September 2015, Thousand Oaks police, working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, developed information that Myers was engaging in behavior prohibited by the terms of his parole. They seized evidence from Myers’ computer that revealed his contact with at least a dozen minors.

Myers was arrested in Pasadena, and was held on a $1 million bail. Since he has committed a parole violation, he is not currently eligible for release on bail.

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Convictions for sex crimes have consequences that will last long after you’ve been released from supervision. Registered sex offenders may find it difficult – if not impossible to find work and housing. A growing number of restrictions work against you, effectively eliminating your opportunity to re-enter society successfully.

Lifetime enrollment on the state’s sex offender registry – which is required following most convictions – works to exclude convicted sex offenders from most meaningful activities. Moving doesn’t help. Your California sex offender status will follow you wherever you go.

If you’re facing sex crimes charges, you need the immediate assistance of an aggressive, experienced sex crimes lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend takes the tough sex crimes cases that most criminal defense attorneys shy away from, and he will fight aggressively for your future in court.

Don’t rely on an inexperienced criminal defense attorney. Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County sex crimes case.

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Camarillo Teen Charged with DUI Death
Camarillo Teen Charged with DUI Death
Justin Stalberg, 19, of Camarillo, was charged with DUI causing injury and gross vehicular manslaughter after crashing his pickup truck into a home in Thousand Oaks. A 74-year-old man who was sleeping in the home died at the scene.

According to police, Stalberg failed to stop at a dead-end street and traveled down a 40-foot embankment before crashing into the back of the home. The victim, a New York resident, was visiting the home at the time of the accident. No other occupants of the home were injured in the crash, which occurred on December 22.

Prior to the accident, Stalberg attended a house party with several former high school classmates. His next court appearance is scheduled for January 6.

Camarillo DUI lawyer


If you’ve been arrested for a DUI in Ventura, your first response should be to hire an experienced Ventura DUI attorney like Robert Helfend. Dealing with a drunk driving arrest is complex. Your situation is even more complex if another person was injured or killed in your drunk driving accident.

Any DUI arrest is serious, but drunk driving laws in California are designed to respond to the seriousness of the situation. The penalties you’ll face will depend upon the circumstances of your arrest, including whether or not your arrest is a first offense, or a repeat offense.

A DUI arrest isn’t like other crimes; you’ll face two different processes – one that’s administrative and the other that’s criminal. For example, the DMV will suspend your driver’s license immediately following a drunk driving arrest. The court can also suspend your driver’s license as part of the judicial process. The two suspensions are independent, as are other sanctions that may be applied by either the DMV or the court.

Do not attempt to defend yourself if you’ve been arrested for drunk driving. Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County domestic violence/sex crimes case.

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Sex crimes arrest for couple in Camarillo
Sex crimes arrest for couple in Camarillo
Two adults were arrested at a Camarillo motel after police acted on an anonymous tip regarding a 15-year-old girl. Police obtained a search warrant and raided the motel room, which had been rented by the couple. According to police, the couple was charged with sex crimes related to human trafficking, child pornography, forcing a minor to commit a commercial sex act and pimping.

Simi Valley resident Jessica Stanley, and Thousand Oaks resident Robert McGraa were charged after undercover police contacted Stanley through anonymous ads she had placed on an online escort site. While making arrangements to meet, police say that Stanley made an explicit offer of sexual services to be performed by the 15-year-old victim. Stanley told the undercover officer that he could meet the girl at the motel after she finished her school day. Stanley would not provide the room number, but said she would provide the information after the undercover officer arrived at the motel for the arranged meeting.

After the undercover officer made contact with Stanley at the motel and ascertained the girl’s room number, a team of officers served the search warrant and arrested Stanley and McGraa. The girl was not arrested, and was provided with victims’ services through the District Attorney’s Office and through Child Protective Services of Ventura County.

Stanley and McGraa face as many as 20 years in prison if convicted on human trafficking charges.

Ventura sex crimes attorney


Sex crimes convictions have long-lasting consequences. Most often, those convicted of sex crimes must register for life as sex offenders. That designation follows you wherever you go, even if you move out of state. Often, registered sex offenders cannot find gainful employment or suitable housing following their release from custody or supervision.

Having an experienced sex crimes attorney fighting for you in court is one of the smartest moves you can make if you’ve been arrested on suspicion of committing sexual offenses. Don’t risk your freedom and your future on an inexperienced sex crimes attorney.
Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura sex crimes case.

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Camarillo scene of domestic violence death
Camarillo scene of domestic violence death
Authorities in Camarillo are seeking the husband of a woman who was found dead in what is believed to be a domestic violence assault. Jose Guzman is wanted for questioning in connection with the death of his wife, whom police have not identified by name.

According to police reports, they were called to the couple’s Camarillo home for a domestic disturbance in the early hours of Friday, October 28. When police arrived, they found the woman with serious injuries, but Guzman had already left the residence. The woman was taken to a hospital in Thousand Oaks, but she later died of her injuries.

Guzman is a truck driver with no prior history of domestic violence. The couple had moved to Camarillo from Oxnard about three years ago. According to neighbors, the couple has two sons. Other relatives, including Guzman’s mother, were home at the time of the assault.

The woman would be the third Camarillo woman to die from a domestic assault in that city this year. Earlier in October, Janet Huntington was shot to death by her husband. He also shot himself, and died of his injuries the next day. In April, a 75-year-old Camarillo man shot and killed his 69-year-old wife before killing himself.

Camarillo Domestic Violence Attorney


If you’ve been accused of domestic assault, you need the assistance of an experienced domestic violence attorney like Robert Helfend. Fortunately, most domestic assaults do not result in death, and it is exceptionally important to intervene on domestic assault situations before they spiral out of control.

An experienced domestic violence attorney can help you address any criminal accusations, and avoid making potentially criminal situations worse. In many domestic abuse cases, the victim doesn’t want to press charges, but also doesn’t want to continue to live in an abusive situation. An experienced domestic violence attorney can help you and your partner work through the process of adjudicating or withdrawing a domestic abuse complaint in a way that meets all parties’ needs.

Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County domestic violence case.

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Drug possession arrest for Moorpark man
Drug possession arrest for Moorpark man
A Moorpark man was arrested and charged with drug possession after police were called to a home to investigate a person under the influence of a controlled substance. While at the home, police found more than 250 Xanax pills, more than half of a gram of methamphetamine and heroin. In addition, Derek Conte, 27, was carrying a large sum of cash, all in $20 bills. The cash was later determined to be counterfeit.

Conte was also believed to be under the influence of a controlled substance at the time of his arrest.

The timeframe of Conte’s arrest coincided with reports from businesses receiving counterfeit $20 bills in Thousand Oaks and Moorpark. Police later served a search warrant on Conte’s residence and discovered a large cache of counterfeit $20 bills with a combined value of $2,200. Police are attempting to determine whether the counterfeit money reported by the businesses can be connected directly to Conte.

Conte was arrested on September 8 and lodged at the Ventura County Jail. He posted bail on September 9 and was released.

Drug Possession lawyer


If you’re arrested for drug possession in Moorpark or Ventura County, do not go to court without an experienced criminal defense attorney by your side. Robert Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense, and takes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

Mr. Helfend manages each case personally. He will be with you throughout the criminal process, and you will work directly with him on your defense strategy. He has built a reputation of being an aggressive defender of his clients rights, and will fight to have the charges against you reduced or dropped. When that’s not an option, he will work toward the best possible resolution of your case.

Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County drug possession/drug crimes case.

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Ventura Identity Theft Suspect Arrested
Ventura Identity Theft Suspect Arrested
A Ventura County man was arrested and charged with identity theft after a number of Ventura County residents reported mail thefts. Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Jacob DeGrande of Ventura, after identifying him as a suspect in the mail thefts.

According to police, DeGrande stole mail from residences in Fillmore, Ojai, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, Santa Paula and Thousand Oaks. Among his preferred targets were checks, which he would forge and cash at local stores in Ojai, Oxnard, Thousand Oaks and Ventura.

Detectives used video surveillance from the stores to identify DeGrande. Following the identification, deputies spotted DeGrande in a hotel parking lot in Ojai and arrested him. Upon his arrest, deputies also found check printing equipment, stolen mail, blank checks and check printing paper in DeGrande’s possession.

Identity Theft Lawyer


Identity theft can come in many forms, but regardless of how it occurs, it’s a serious crime. Identity theft is a violation of both federal and state laws, and it can be charged as a felony or as a misdemeanor. Because of the range of charges, potential consequences and prosecution venues, if you’re charged, you need the help of an experienced identity theft lawyer like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of criminal defense experience in both federal and state courts, and takes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California. He offers superior defense counsel and will work aggressively to get the charges against you reduced or dropped altogether.

Mr. Helfend handles all cases personally, so your defense will get the attention it needs and deserves. Don’t risk your freedom on inexperience, or by working with a lawyer who is not devoted to your case.

Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County identity theft case.

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