Last Updated on Friday, 17 February 2017 07:49
Published on Friday, 16 December 2016 15:44
Bill Warner, Ojai Valley News reporter
Two Ventura residents have been arrested, accused of holding up the Rabobank branch in Oak View twice earlier this year. Ruben Mendoza, 32, and James Kellner, 38, face charges of second-degree robbery in connection with the incidents, according to Sgt. Ron Chips of the Ventura County Sheriff's Office (VCSO).
On Aug. 9 and Sept. 2, a male suspect entered the Rabobank at 410 N. Ventura Ave., each time getting away with undisclosed amounts of money. By studying surveillance videos, Chips said investigators identified Mendoza, apparently casing the bank on Aug. 8. Detectives recognized Mendoza, in part, because he'd been convicted of robbing the same branch in 2008, according to Chips.
Surveillance videos and DNA evidence gathered from the Sept. 2 robbery led investigators to believe Mendoza and Kellner had collaborated on each of the two most recent robberies of the branch, Chips said.
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