Thousand Oaks Grand Theft Attempt
Thousand Oaks Grand Theft Attempt
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department arrested one man and is searching for a second in connection with an attempted grand theft at a Kohl’s store in Newbury Park. Store personnel observed the two men, who appeared to be working together. One man was inside the store, loading up a shopping cart with high-end electronics and other expensive merchandise, while the other remained outside the store, acting as a lookout. The two men were in contact with each other via cell phone while the attempted grand theft was in progress.

Man was charged with grand theft, conspiracy

Deputies arrived at the location and detained the lookout. While they were questioning the man, he ran back into the store, then escaped through an emergency exit door. He fled the scene on foot and was not arrested. The man inside the store, Brandon Mel-Cervantes, 22, of Simi Valley, was arrested on suspicion of attempted grand theft and conspiracy.

If you’ve been arrested for grand theft, fraud, income tax evasion or other similar charges, Ventura defense attorney Robert Helfend can help. Mr. Helfend will aggressively defend your rights in court and prepare a strong defense on your behalf. Immediately, Mr. Helfend will begin working to get the charges against you reduced or dropped, and will always work toward the best possible outcome given the circumstances of your case.

Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience as a criminal defense attorney in Ventura County and throughout Southern California. He handles each matter personally. Your case will not be handed over to assistants or less experienced associate attorneys, and will receive Mr. Helfend’s full attention.

Successful felony convictions can result in the loss of your freedom. You can also be required to make enormous restitution repayments over a period of years following conviction. At the same time, a felony conviction may make it nearly impossible to find gainful employment upon your release. This puts you in a cycle of owing but not being able to repay your court-ordered restitution. If you’ve been charged with grand theft, embezzlement or a similar crime, don’t trust your freedom to just any 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 grand theft/three strikes case.

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