Several thousand dollars worth of property was stolen from a McAndrew Road home Aug. 24.
The suspects allegedly stole jewelry, computers, credit cards and other items from the unlocked home.
Investigators from the Ojai Patrol Station, working with detectives from the Ventura Police Department, identified one male suspect, Frank Morales of Port Hueneme, and one female suspect, Mellissa Carrillo of Camarillo.
The two allegedly made purchases with the victim’s credit cards in Ventura, charging more than $1,000.
Working with Ventura police and using surveillance video at the stores where the credit cards were used, Ojai Police were able to identify Morales and Carrillo.
Aug. 28, it was discovered that Morales, 29, was the focus of a parallel investigation by both the Oxnard and Port Hueneme Police departments. The Port Hueneme Police Department was successful in apprehending Morales after a brief foot pursuit. Working collaboratively, Ventura, Oxnard and Port Hueneme detectives were able to later locate and apprehend Carrillo, age 31.
Detectives are actively working to recover the victim’s stolen property and to determine whether the two are responsible for any other burglaries in the area. According to Ojai Detective Mike Harris, both suspects have extensive rap sheets, and Morales is suspected of a separate burglary which occurred in 2013 in Oxnard.
Both Morales and Carrillo were booked at the Ventura County Main Jail for forgery, burglary, possession of stolen property and conspiracy; Morales was also arrested on a probation violation.
Detective Harris reminded all residents to lock their doors, windows and vehicles. He also urged residents to report any suspicious activity they see, "It goes back to that old saying, 'If you see something, say something.' But also, if you see a vehicle, get a license plate (number)," even if it is only a partial number, Harris added. Call the Ojai Patrol Station at 646-1414.
© Ojai Valley News, 2014