(Photos courtesy CHP)
The California Highway Patrol says quick action by Ventura Police and other law enforcement agencies saved this summer's Ventura Junior Lifeguard Program.
The CHP says Tuesday morning a burglary was discovered at the San Buenaventura State Beach at Harbor Boulevard and San Pedro Street.
Thieves had made off with a California State Parks Ford pickup truck and utility trailer.
Inside the trailer was $50,000 in equipment belonging to the Ventura Junior Lifeguard program.
That program serves almost one thousand Ventura County youth every summer.
The CHP says several law enforcement agencies were notified including Ventura PD, State Parks, and the Ventura County Auto Theft Task Force, VenCATT.
The CHP says they all responded and Ventura Police Department patrol units immediately searched the area and they located and recovered the pickup and trailer with all that equipment that belongs to the Junior Lifeguard program still inside.
The program will now be able to start as planned this summer.
But the authorities are asking the public to provide any information that will help them catch the people responsible for the thefts.
Anyone with information or is a witness to this crime is asked to contact the California Highway Patrol, Ventura Area office at (805) 662-2661. Members of the public can remain anonymous by utilizing the Ventura Crime Stoppers tip line at (800) 222-8477, or the VenCATT tip line at (805) 620-7211.