On Friday, July 1, 2016, officers with the Thousand Oaks Police Department responded to two separate pharmacies; 400 block East Avenida De Los Arboles and 400 block of North Moorpark Road; that had been burglarized in the City of Thousand Oaks at 2:13 a.m. and 5:37 a.m.
During the investigation, officers learned a lone male suspect forced entry into the two pharmacies on the same date and within hours of each other. Once inside the pharmacies, the suspect removed several medications from locked cabinets. The suspect then exited the pharmacies.
The suspect was captured on surveillance video during both burglaries. In the first burglary, the suspect was wearing dark colored Docker style pants and windbreaker jacket. During the second burglary, the suspect wore a white jumpsuit over his clothing and his face was covered with what appeared to be a nylon stocking. The suspect is described as an African-American male, with a beard, approximately 6’00” to 6’05” and about 170 to 200 lbs. He is believed to be in his late forties to early fifties and walked partially hunched over with a distinctive gait. This investigation has revealed the same suspect was possibly involved in both burglaries.
Southern California is currently experiencing a sharp increase in the amount of pharmacy burglaries. Since the beginning of 2016, there have been over 100 pharmacy burglaries in the Southern California area. More than 20 of these burglaries have occurred within Ventura County. Burglars who target pharmacies typically sell the stolen narcotics, causing powerful prescription narcotics to inundate the illegal drug market. Investigators from the Thousand Oaks Police Department are currently working with several agencies both in and outside of Ventura County in a cooperative effort to identify the suspect (s) involved in these crimes.
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the burglary suspect in the attached photographs. If you have any information on this crime, please contact Thousand Oaks Detective Laura Natoli at (805) 494-8226 or at Laura.firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the public for their ongoing support and diligence in providing information to assist our agency in solving crimes. We are better at what we do because of our community partnerships.