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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Thursday January 31st, 2019 :: 01:40 p.m. PST

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Vehicle theft suspect arrested

Nature of Incident: Vehicle theft suspect arrested

Report Number: 19-14435

Location: 400 Block of Ventura Street, Fillmore

Date & Time: 01/27/19, 4:15 pm

Unit(s) Responsible: Fillmore Police Department- Patrol

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent, City of Residence, Age
(S) Alejandro Valadez, Fillmore, 29

Narrative:
On 01/27/19, deputies with the Fillmore Police Department responded to a vehicle theft in the 400 block of Ventura Street. The victim reported his vehicle was stolen while getting gas at a local station. The deputies’ investigation led to the arrest of Alejandro Valadez, who is identified as a local gang member with an extensive criminal history.

During the investigation, deputies contacted the victim and obtained information. Deputies learned the victim parked his vehicle near a gas pump and went inside the establishment to pay. While inside, he observed a subject enter his vehicle and drive away. He quickly called the Sheriff’s Office. He was able to provide deputies with a physical description of the suspect. In addition, deputies were able to view video footage that captured the crime. Based on the information obtained, deputies were able to identify Valadez as the suspect in the case. They quickly alerted other officers who were in the area.

While driving in the 700 block of Santa Clara Street, a deputy observed Valadez walking. The deputy lost sight of Valadez momentarily. Other deputies responded to the area and completed an extensive search. In addition to finding the stolen vehicle abandoned in the area, Valadez was found hiding in the backyard of a nearby residence. He was taken into custody without incident. Valadez was booked into the county jail for 10851 (a) VC- vehicle theft. The victim’s vehicle was recovered.

News Release Date: January 31, 2019
Media Follow-Up Contact: Sergeant Vince Alvarez, (805) 947-8126
Approved by:Captain Eric Tennessen
Booking Photo Release: YES 
Prepared by: Sergeant Vince Alvarez

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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
800 S Victoria Ave
Ventura, CA 93009

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Non-emergencies: 805-654-9511

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