$75,000 in property stolen during Thomas Fire evacuations

Posted at 2:21 PM, Dec 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-20 17:23:59-05

OXNARD, Calif. (KGTV) - Oxnard Police arrested five people who they say stole or received property from Thomas Fire evacuees’ vehicles.

The owners of two black Chevy Suburbans parked them on an Oxnard street Dec. 5 while they stayed with friends. The SUVs were full of personal items removed during the fire evacuations.

Burglars stole more than $75,000 in property from the vehicles, including jewelry, electronics, personal papers, a guitar, and clothing, police said.

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Oxnard Police property crimes detectives were able to identify suspects based on $10,000 in charges made on a credit card.

Three suspects were found at the Channel Islands Inn on Dec. 10 with property belonging to the burglary victims, police said.

Investigators arrested two additional burglary suspects after an investigation turned up more stolen property.

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The victims are unsure of exactly what was stolen because of the urgent nature of their evacuation.