On Tuesday, 08/18/2020, at approximately 4:00 p.m., the victim of a reported stolen vehicle located their vehicle driving in the area of Channel Islands Boulevard and Dupont Street. Auto Theft Task Force and Property Crimes Detectives responded to the area and located the vehicle in the area of Ives Avenue and Rose Avenue. A traffic stop was conducted on the vehicle in the area of Westar Drive and Vanguard Drive. The driver was identified as 30 year old Oxnard resident Jonathan Chavez and arrested for unlawful driving of a stolen vehicle and unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle.
A records check of Chavez indicated that he has been convicted four times for auto theft and has served 1,185 days (3.5 years) for these convictions. Chavez was subsequently charged with an additional count of auto theft with a prior conviction.
A significant percentage of stolen vehicles are preventable. The Oxnard Police Department would like to remind the residents of the following tips to prevent a vehicle from being stolen:
· Never leave your vehicle unlocked, not even for a minute.
· Never leave your keys in the vehicle, even if you think they are “hidden.”
· Don’t leave your vehicle idling and unattended because it is unnecessary, it is unsafe, illegal and someone can steal your vehicle.
· Wheel locks, brake pedal locks and steering wheel locks are also effective.