Theft suspect fingered by prints
Theft suspect fingered by prints
A man was arrested in Oxnard earlier this week in connection with a theft that occurred in 2014. The VCSD learned that fingerprint and DNA evidence collected at the scene of an Ojai burglary was recently matched to 22-year-old Gabriel Garza after his fingerprints were submitted to the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) database in connection with an unrelated March 2016 arrest.
While being questioned about the Ojai theft, Garza confessed to the incident and was booked into the Ventura County Jail. He is being held on $50,000 bail.

An experienced Ventura theft attorney

When you’re facing a theft charge, the best defense strategy to employ is to hire a respected theft attorney like Robert Helfend. A theft charge can arise from any number of events, including a shoplifting arrest. It can also arise from more serious events. Theft in California can be prosecuted as a misdemeanor or as a felony, depending upon the value of the stolen property. In some cases, the value of the property doesn’t matter; a grand theft charge can be leveled against you based on what was stolen, or even how an item is stolen.

With the help of an experienced theft attorney like Robert Helfend, you can build an effective defense. Mr. Helfend will work to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. If it’s not possible to get charges dropped or reduced, he will work toward the best possible resolution, given your circumstances.

An experienced theft attorney can help you navigate the process of preparing your defense, as well as other elements of the adjudication process. Since Mr. Helfend handles each case personally, you’ll always work directly with him on your case. That’s the kind of personal attention you may not get from an attorney in a larger defense firm.

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 theft case.

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