2017-08-11 / Front Page

Six teenagers arrested on suspicion of stealing pickup

School district vehicle had GPS tracker
By Cameron Kiszla


FELONY JOY RIDE—Six teenagers were arrested Monday on suspicion of breaking into the Pleasant Valley School District’s parking lot and taking a pickup truck, shown at right. Police provided no information on why the teens, who were all from out of town, were walking around in the early morning hours. Police also wouldn’t comment as to what motivated the teens. 
CAMERON KISZLA/Acorn Newspapers FELONY JOY RIDE—Six teenagers were arrested Monday on suspicion of breaking into the Pleasant Valley School District’s parking lot and taking a pickup truck, shown at right. Police provided no information on why the teens, who were all from out of town, were walking around in the early morning hours. Police also wouldn’t comment as to what motivated the teens. CAMERON KISZLA/Acorn Newspapers Six teenagers were arrested on suspicion of breaking into the Pleasant Valley School District’s parking lot and taking a pickup truck in what the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office is calling a random crime.

Senior Dep. Shawn Holzberger said the teens, ranging in age from 14 to 17, jumped a fence early Monday morning and entered the yard of the school district’s parking lot in the 600 block of Temple Avenue.

They got inside several vehicles, eventually choosing the pickup truck, police said.

“This was random, not part of a crime spree of any type. It was just six individuals deciding to do this,” Holzberger said.

Authorities are looking into how the teens were able to start the truck. Once they did, police said, they crashed it through a closed gate, causing an estimated $3,000 in damage.

“And that’s just to the gate alone,” Holzberger said. “There’s damage to the vehicle as well, and that’s still being determined as to the dollar amount.”

Pleasant Valley School District Superintendent Angelica Ramsey said that the district fixed the damaged gate that day.

“There definitely was damage that will cost the district some money, but the investigation and all of that is still in progress,” Ramsey said.

Deputies received reports of the truck heading south on the 101 Freeway. It was found with help from an installed GPS device and stopped in the San Fernando Valley around 8 a.m. Monday near the DeSoto Avenue exit, police said. The six teens in the truck were arrested and taken to Ventura County Juvenile Hall, police said. The youths face charges of felony vandalism, vehicle theft, vehicle tampering and trespassing.

The teens were from cities in Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, Monterey and San Bernardino counties.

Two of the girls, ages 15 and 17, are from Ventura. The other two girls, both 14, were from Valencia and Monterey. The boys, both 16, were from Newport Beach and San Bernardino.

Holzberger would not comment as to why the teens were in the area so early in the morning or how they knew each other.

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