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Investigators Say Woman Cruised Ventura County In Rental Van Stealing From Vehicles, Along With Mail

Detectives say a woman was driving around Ventura County in a rented U-Haul van stealing mail, as well as items from unlocked vehicles.

Deputies investigating a series of thefts last month from vehicles in Camarillo neighborhoods started looking at surveillance video from home cameras.   They discovered a rental van in multiple videos.

The van was spotted in a shopping center parking lot, and detectives set up a stakeout.  They say they caught Samantha Hale of Oxnard on camera trying to use stolen credit cars to buy merchandise in a Target store.  

The 34-year-old woman was arrested as she left the store.  Hale is facing charges including grand theft, identity theft, mail theft, and possession of stolen property.

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. 
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