Prowling Arrest


On Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 2:42 a.m., an alert citizen called the Ventura Police Department Command Center and reported that 2 subjects were using flashlights to look into vehicles in the area of the 3900 block of Dean Drive in Ventura.  The citizen felt that the subjects were casing vehicles and preparing to break into them.  Ventura Police patrol officers responded to that area and, within minutes, located one female and one male subject.  After conducting an investigation and talking to witnesses, the officers arrested Teri Denton, 37, for prowling, possession of burglary tools, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia.  The male subject was released due to the fact that there was not probable cause to believe he committed a crime. Officers learned that Denton looked into several vehicles; however it did not appear that any vehicles were actually burglarized.  Thanks to the alert citizen calling in suspicious activity, a prowler was removed from the streets prior to any burglaries occurring. The Ventura Police Department wants to remind residents to close and lock all windows and doors during the late evening and early morning hours, and to immediately report any suspicious activity or person(s).                                                     

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