Oxnard police have arrested five degenerates who were stealing personal belongings from a family evacuated from the Thomas Fire.
Police say the five are David Rosales, 28, Jasmine Zavala, 29, Maryann Zuniga, 29, Juan Carrillo, 44, and Lisette Topete, 28. All are facing charges related to the burglary after being identified based on $10,000 in charges made to a credit card.
The burglary took place on the night of December 5 as the Thomas Fire was ravaging Ventura County. The family put a large number of personal belongings in their two Chevrolet Suburbans while evacuating their home and drove to the 3700 block of Dunkirk Drive in Oxnard to stay with friends.
Among the items stolen were jewelry, a guitar, clothing, electronics, and personal papers.
Police say a total of $75,000 worth of property was stolen from the family. Police responded to a disturbance call at the Channel Islands Inn and they got a search warrant on a room where they found property belonging to the family.
Zavala, Zuniga, and Carillo were arrested at the Inn for possession of stolen property while Zavala was booked for child endangerment and Zuniga for an outstanding warrant.
Lastly, Rosales was arrested on December 18 for a separate crime and property belonging to the evacuees was found in Rosales' possession. More property was found when a search warrant was obtained for a home in Camarillo connected to Rosales.
During that search, Topete was taken into custody and arrested for receiving stolen property, possession of stolen cards, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of narcotic paraphernalia.
The Oxnard Police Department is asking anyone with knowledge of the crime or the whereabouts of the stolen property to call Detective Chip Buttell at 805-385-7755.
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