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Ojai – Organized Retail Theft, Vehicle Pursuit Arrests

On 7/31/23, Ojai patrol units responded to a call of a theft that occurred from Rite Aid located in the unincorporated community of Mira Monte in Ojai.  One suspect entered the store, filled several bags with store merchandise and got into a vehicle occupied by two other suspects.  An alert citizen witnessed the suspect exit the store in a hurry after triggering the store’s stolen merchandise security system and followed the suspect vehicle until patrol units could respond to the area.  The witness relayed vital information to a dispatcher regarding the license plate, description, and direction of travel of the vehicle.  The witness also observed occupants of the vehicle throwing items out the window as it drove through the area, which were later recovered and determined to be evidence of the theft.

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