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Camarillo Teen Accused Of Being Sophisticated Jewel Thief

Tuesday April 06, 2021

     The Ventura County Sheriff's Office says they've arrested a 16-year-old male from Camarillo who used a sophisticated scheme to steal $40,000 worth of jewelry from a multi-million dollar Thousand Oaks home.

     They say the home was up for sale and prospective buyers were required to make an appointment and financial paperwork was required to take a guided tour.

     Detectives say the teen did that and while he appeared to be young and seemed out of place, he was left alone to walk through the house.

     After he left, the jewelry was discovered missing.

     The victim told investigators the 16-year-old had claimed to be 23-years-old and had a letter indicating he had access to millions of dollars.

     He reportedly conversed in a way that indicated he was familiar with buying and selling high-end homes and was comfortable talking about money and investments.

     After the investigation led to his arrest on April Fool's Day, they found several pieces of valuable jewelry in his home and evidence indicating he had been doing this at other high-end homes all over Ventura County since October but had never been left alone, as far as they can tell.

     But they say he has been doing this for a while, not only at multi-million dollar homes but also yachts at harbors and marinas all over Southern California and so they are asking anyone who might have dealt with the teenager to call Detective Rico Rinaldi at (805) 494-8226.