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

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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.