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Simi Valley Police Department
Saturday March 18th, 2023 :: 09:30 a.m. PDT


Unrelated Burglar and Squatter Caught At The Same Time

On March 18, 2023, at about 5:30 AM, Officers responded to reports of a Burglary at Papa Johns Pizza located at 2202 Tapo Street. A security guard was patrolling the area when he noticed the front window was broken. Officers arrived on scene and located 61-year-old Sheila Williamson, from Sim Valley, inside. Further investigation, revealed Sheila used a metal table in the front of the closed business to smash the window. Once inside, she threw cleaning chemicals throughout the store. Officers located Shelia hiding inside a bathroom. Shelia was arrested for 459 PC – Burglary.
While Officers were responding to the Burglary investigation, they observed 52-year-old James Schmidt, from Simi Valley, exiting the rear of a nearby business in the same building. James was detained and it was determined he had broken into a vacant business where he had been living unlawfully. James was arrested for 647(e) PC – Squatting.
Ultimately, the two incidents were determined to be unrelated. Both Shelia and James were booked at Ventura County jail for the above crimes.

Simi Valley Police Department
3901 Alamo St
Simi Valley, CA 93063

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Non-emergencies: 805-583-6950

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