Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives think they’ve solved a series of ranch thefts, with the arrest of three Oxnard men.
A series of thefts involving steel poles, and stakes used to build cold weather shelters for raspberries occured in the Camarillo area, with the value of the item estimated at more than $100,000. A Sheriff’s Department detective who specialized in agricultural crimes pieced together the thefts, and based on some evidence identified some suspects.
Then, this week, material used for flower growing was stolen from a Ventura ranch. Detectives went to a home near Olivas Park Drive, and Victoria Avenue in Ventura, where they found some of the stolen property. It led to the arrests of Rudy Padilla, Stephen Jones, and Armando Serna of Oxnard on grand theft, possession of stolen property, and conspiracy charges for the entire string of thefts.