Oxnard Police Seek Public Help In "Hot Prowl" Case

Tuesday March 12, 2019

     Oxnard police are asking the public for any information regarding unreported or unsolved burglaries, especially where the suspect might have entered the home while the residents were there.

   This follows the arrest of a suspect in what's termed a "hot prowl" incident in Oxnard in the early morning hours of March 7th in the 300 block of Hill Street.

   They say the family that lives there woke up in the middle of the night to the sounds of someone in their home.

   When they investigated the found a strange man rummaging through their personal belongings.

   The man was detained by the residents until police arrived.

   Police say that 23-year-old Ricardo Palazuelos was arrested and charged with felony first-degree residential burglary, misdemeanor prowling, and several drug-related offenses.

   They allege he entered the home through an open window and started looking for something to steal before being caught in the act.

   Palazuelos pleaded not guilty to the charges and denied some special allegations about this being a violent felony and having a prior felony conviction.

   He remains in the Ventura County Jail with bail set at $70,000.

   Police say they also found other property in his possession that did not belong to that family, raising the possibility that he had also done this at another residence.

   They are asking anyone who might have information about another such burglary to give them a call.

   Residents are reminded and encouraged to report any and all suspicious activity to the police. Reports can be made anonymously and translators are available 24 hours a day.  Anyone with information regarding criminal activity is encouraged to contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-7740 or the Ventura County Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477 and www.venturacountycrimestoppers.org