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Four Teens Facing Hate Crime, Vandalism, Other Charges In Ventura County

Bill Oxford
Four teens have been arrested in connection with what Ventura County Sheriff's deputies say were a hate crime and vandalism incidents in Conejo Valley.

Teens accused of harassing young girls and vandalizing a Conejo Valley business.

Some South Coast teenagers are facing hate crime charges.

Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies say they responded to a theft call in Thousand Oaks Sunday night. The victims were four girls between seven and 12 years old. Deputies say four teenage girls approached the victims, made some ethnic slurs, and then stole a pair of shoes.

Officers say the teens also broke into a nearby vacant business, wrote ethic slurs on the walls, and sprayed fire extinguishers in the building, causing a large amount of damage.

Deputies spotted the teens. They tried to escape, but were arrested after a foot pursuit. The three teens from Thousand Oaks, and a fourth from the San Fernando Valley were arrested for violation of civil rights, vandalism, tampering with fire protection equipment, and resisting arrest.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.