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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Thursday January 5th, 2023 :: 04:43 p.m. PST


News Story-Thousand Oaks Stolen Mail Arrests

Nature of Incident: Stolen Mail Arrest
Report Number: 22-172916
Location: Thousand Oaks Boulevard at Rancho Road
Date & Time: 12/31/2022 @ 0143 Hours
Unit(s) Responsible: Thousand Oaks Patrol Services, East County Investigations
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence

Henrik Hakobyan
Aghvan Gevorgyan
North Hollywood
During the early morning hours of 12/31/22, a Sergeant assigned to the Thousand Police Station conducted a traffic enforcement stop on a black Mercedes Benz in the area of Thousand Oaks Boulevard and Rancho Road.  The occupants of the vehicle were identified as Henrik Hakobyan (driver) and Aghvan Gevorgyan (front passenger).  A subsequent investigation was completed at the scene which led to the discovery of numerous pieces of stolen mail from inside the vehicle.  Also located inside the vehicle, was a “fishing” device that Hakobyan and Gevorgyan are suspected of using to steal mail from blue, stand-alone mailboxes owned by the United States Postal Service (USPS).  The fishing device was comprised of a license plate attached to a rope. A glue-like substance was applied to the license plate. This technique is commonly used by mail thieves because mail can easily adhere to the license plate as it is being retrieved from the mailbox.    
Hakobyan and Gevorgyan were ultimately arrested for a variety of charges including possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools, identity theft, conspiracy, and burglary of the mailboxes. The vehicle was towed from the scene as evidence.
In the days following the incident, detectives with the East County Forgery / Fraud Unit conducted an investigation into the stolen mail.  After speaking with the individuals to whom the mail belonged, detectives established the day, time, and location where specific pieces of mail were deposited into the USPS mailboxes.  This information was then provided to the United States Postal Inspector who is assisting with the investigation.
This is an ongoing investigation and detectives with the East County Investigations Fraud / Forgery Unit are continuing to investigate the criminal activity of Hakobyan and Gevorgyan. 
Prepared by:
Detective Michael Melucci
News Release Date:
Media Follow-Up Contact:
Detective Michael Melucci
[email protected]
(805) 494-8231
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Booking Photo Release:
Captain Steven Jenkins
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Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime.  The caller may remain anonymous.  The call is not recorded.  Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

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