|On 11/4/2014, at about 7:30 p.m., a victim contacted the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office to report a residential burglary that occurred at the victim’s residence in the 100 block of Bounds Road, in the unincorporated area of Ventura. Patrol deputies from the Ojai station processed the scene for evidence and located latent fingerprints at the point of entry and possible DNA evidence inside the residence.
The latent fingerprints were processed by Sheriff’s Crime Lab Technician Riordan and placed in the State’s automated fingerprint identification system, known as AFIS. In March 2016, a match was made to fingerprints belonging to Gabriel Garza, 22, of Oxnard, that had been recently entered into the database when he was fingerprinted during an unrelated arrest. In April 2016, the evidentiary fingerprints were manually compared to a known set of fingerprints belonging to Garza by an expert and all four of the recovered latent fingerprints matched those belonging to Garza.
On Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 7:30 a.m., detectives from the Ojai station tracked and located Garza in Oxnard. He was interviewed and confessed to the burglary. Garza was arrested for a violation of California Penal Code section 459- residential burglary and booked into the Ventura County Pre-Trail Detention Facility. Bail was set at $50,000.
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