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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Wednesday April 17th, 2024 :: 01:14 p.m. PDT


Vandalism and Illegal Possession of a Firearm Arrest

Nature of Incident: Vandalism and Illegal Possession of a Firearm Arrest
Report Number: RB # 24-27783 & 24-28581
Location: 500 block of Moorpark Avenue, Moorpark, CA
Date & Time: April 12th, 2024
Unit(s) Responsible: Moorpark Special Enforcement Unit
Moorpark Patrol
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence

Anthony Palma Moorpark
The Moorpark Special Enforcement Unit conducted a probation search after identifying a suspect who was responsible for two separate vandalisms within the city of Moorpark.  The probation search yielded evidence linking the suspect to the vandalisms and detectives also located an illegal firearm.
On April 12th, 2024, at approximately 12:05 pm, a suspect later identified as Anthony Palma committed vandalism to a mailbox in the 500 block of Moorpark Avenue.  Moments later, Palma also vandalized a light pole in the parking lot of the 400 block of Moorpark Avenue.  An alert citizen contacted Sheriff’s Dispatch after observing the vandalisms.  Moorpark Police Department Special Enforcement Unit (SEU) Detectives obtained video surveillance footage from a nearby business and positively identified Palma.  Palma was on active Ventura County probation with search terms at the time of the incident.
SEU Detectives, assisted by Moorpark Patrol, conducted a probation search of Palma’s residence.  During the search of Palma’s room, a .40 caliber Glock style handgun with a 3D printed lower was located in his backpack.  Additionally, graffiti paraphernalia and clothing that Palma was wearing during the crime was located in his room.  Palma was arrested and booked for several firearm and vandalism related charges.  
The Moorpark Special Enforcement Unit is comprised of a sergeant and two detectives, whose focus is assisting patrol services with the investigation of various crimes including, but not limited to, the investigation of illegal firearms, gang related crimes, and graffiti vandalism.
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Prepared by: Detective Bryan Glasscock  
News Release Date: April 12th, 2024  
Media Follow-Up Contact: Detective Sgt. Juan Ponce
Approved by:
Booking Photo Release:
Captain Darin Hendren
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