Teen cyclists hit by car at Camarillo Mall, more information
Here is a roundup of recent incidents from Ventura County agencies:
Teenage cyclists hit by car
CAMARILLO — Two teenage cyclists were hit by a car at the Camarillo Premium Outlets on Friday afternoon, with one seriously injured, according to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office.
The crash, reported shortly before 12:25 p.m., blocked a mall entrance in the 500 block of East Ventura Boulevard, located south of Highway 101 in Camarillo.
The teens, both male, were driving on Promenade Drive, which separates two large parking lots from the mall, when they were hit by a Chevrolet Bolt, authorities said.
A teenager was trapped under the small electric sedan. He was taken to hospital with serious injuries, said Cmdr. Eric Tennessen.
Fire department radio traffic from the scene said the teenager was found unconscious.
The second teenager was taken to hospital with minor injuries, Tennessen said.
The woman driving the car remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators, officials said.
The accident appears to have taken place in a section of the road where there was no intersection, pedestrian crossing or other traffic control.
The incident closed Promenade Drive for a time as Ventura County firefighters, sheriff’s vehicles and paramedics took to the scene behind yellow police tape. One bicycle could be seen lying on its side on the roadway and a second leaning against bushes in the median strip. More than a dozen passers-by watched from outside the police tape.
A passerby said she saw emergency crews performing CPR on the teenager pulled from under the car before he was transported by ambulance.
The crash is still under investigation, Tennessen said. No other information was immediately available Friday afternoon.
Blaze spilled in Ventura
VENTURA – Fire crews responded to a smoky fire Thursday afternoon in a commercial strip of Ventura Avenue west of Ventura.
Multiple callers reported heavy smoke coming from a one-story commercial building in the 200 block of North Ventura Avenue around 4:15 p.m., Ventura City Fire Department officials said.
Firefighters arrived within minutes and found a large amount of smoke coming from a large roof vent and a garage door.
After ensuring no one was inside the building, crews launched an aggressive attack to contain the fire to its source area in an automotive paint booth.
The fire was brought under control within 16 minutes, officials said.
The fire was maintained at the stall and no further damage was reported.
No injuries were reported. The cause remains under investigation.
Thefts of catalytic converters lead to several arrests
VENTURA COUNTY — Half a dozen residents outside the county have been arrested in recent days in connection with thefts of catalytic converters, police departments reported.
Around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday in Thousand Oaks, a caller reported hearing a power tool squeak and seeing two people in a white truck stealing a catalytic converter in the 1600 block of Rancho Conejo Boulevard in Newbury Park, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Ventura County. . The agency is contracted to provide policing services in Thousand Oaks.
Deputies located the truck and conducted a high-risk traffic stop, arresting two men without incident. The suspects, ages 33 and 43, were from Riverside and Los Angeles counties.
A vehicle search revealed several license plates, power saws and reciprocating saw blades, a car jack, bolt cutters and two converters recently cut from Toyota vehicles as well as a loaded weapons magazine, have officials said. The suspects also had narcotics and a “large amount” of cash which was confiscated as evidence.
The driver was under post-release supervision for a prior LA County grand theft conviction. Investigators believe the crew once stole the converters from Thousand Oaks.
In Simi Valley early Thursday, a resident reported hearing a converter cut out around 2:30 a.m. near Township Avenue and Lemon Drive, according to the Simi Valley Police Department.
Officers found a nearby car on Penney Drive with four Los Angeles residents inside, ages 19 to 43.
Inside the trunk of the car, police found a cut-off converter, two jacks, a reciprocating saw with spare blades and other tools, the department reported. The vehicle from which the converter was stolen was located in the 3500 block of Township Avenue.
The four suspects were arrested for theft and conspiracy.
Separately, suspected catalytic converter thieves in Santa Barbara led authorities in a chase on the 101 Freeway early Sunday that ended outside Ventura after suspects allegedly threw items out the window to thwart the officers pursuing them.
According to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, deputies had responded to reports of possible converter thefts taking place shortly before 4 a.m. A deputy spotted a matching vehicle — a suspect in past converter thefts — and attempted a traffic stop along the south entrance to the 101 at Turnpike Road.
The driver didn’t give in, launching a chase down the southbound freeway with the help of California Highway Patrol officers.
During the chase, the suspects allegedly threw a car jack through Montecito’s window. The deputies were able to maneuver around the jack.
As the chase continued through Mussel Shoals in Ventura County, the occupants allegedly threw a catalytic converter out the window, damaging a patrol car so badly the deputy had to drop the chase, authorities said.
CHP officers tracked the car to Ventura where the driver eventually yielded outside the city limits on Orchard Drive off Ventura Avenue. Two Los Angeles County men in their 40s have been arrested and a minor in custody has been released to a guardian, the agency reported.
Robbery teams steal catalytic converters because they contain precious metals that can be sold for cash in recycling operations, authorities say.
Articles may be updated as more information becomes available.
Cytlalli Salgado is a breaking news reporter for the Ventura County Star. She can be reached by calling 805-437-0257 or emailing [email protected]