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Looters Arrested After Preying On People Fleeing Wildfire

Five looters have been arrested who had been preying on evacuees.

Oxnard, CA – Five people have been arrested in connection with breaking into vehicles and stealing property from victims of the Thomas fire.

The victims had evacuated, with whatever they could carry, and were staying with friends in Oxnard, according to WPIX.

The incidents occurred during the night of Dec. 5 as the Thomas fire raged throughout Ventura County.

Police said that the victims’ two black Suburbans that were parked in the 3700 block of Dunkirk Drive were broken into, and almost $75,000 worth of property was stolen, including jewelry, a guitar, clothing, electronics, and personal papers.

$10,000 worth of purchases on a stolen credit card led police to the suspects.

On Dec. 10, officers responded to a disturbance at the Channel Islands Inn, where they served a search warrant on a room and located three suspects, Jasmine Zavala, 29, Maryann Zuniga, 29, and Juan Carillo, 44, who were arrested in connection with the crime, according to KTLA.

Zavala, Zuniga and Carillo were taken into custody on suspicion of possessing stolen property. Zavala was also charged with one count of child endangerment, while Zuniga had an outstanding warrant for her arrest, according to CBS Los Angeles.

A fourth suspect, David Rosales, 28, of Camarillo, was arrested on Dec. 18 on unrelated charges and stolen property from the victims’ break-ins was found to be in his possession. Police said that a search led to more property being discovered inside his home.

The fifth suspect, Lisette Topete, 28, was also arrested during the search of Rosales’ home on suspicion of receiving stolen property, possession of stolen credit cards, possession of methamphetamine, and narcotic paraphernalia.

Police are asking for the public’s help in recovering property stolen from the Thomas Fire victims.

Feel free to share on social media so they can be properly shamed for being the scum of the earth.

GinnyReed - December Thu, 2017

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