VENTURA COUNTY – On February 24, 2021, California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) investigators assisted numerous law enforcement agencies in Ventura County with “Operation Clean Sweep”.
The goal of the operation was to target property crimes in Ventura County including auto theft with a coordinated countywide arrest warrant sweep of prolific auto theft and property crimes offenders.
“Nineteen people suspected of crimes were arrested during this sweep which targeted those who make a habit of taking what is not theirs,” said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) President Alan Barcelona. “Auto theft and property crimes end up costing us all money in addition to putting a strain on our quality of life. Thank you to DMV investigators and their law enforcement partners for conducting this operation.”
Taking part in the operations were officers, investigators and detectives from the
- Ventura County Auto Theft Task Force (VenCATT),
- California Highway Patrol,
- Ventura County District Attorney’s Office Bureau of Investigations,
- Department of Motor Vehicles Division of Investigations,
- Simi Valley Police Department,
- Ventura Police Department,
- Oxnard Police Department,
- Ventura County Sheriff’s Office
- and the Santa Paula Police Department.
The operation culminated in the arrest of 19 individuals, primarily for property crimes related arrest warrants. One individual was apprehended the night before the slated operation date while occupying a stolen vehicle in the City of Oxnard. In addition to the arrests, law enforcement teams conducted a total of 23 probation compliance searches throughout Ventura County.