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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Wednesday May 29th, 2024 :: 03:28 p.m. PDT


Organized Retail Theft Task Force Arrests Theft Suspects

Nature of Incident: Organized Retail Theft Task Force Arrests Theft Suspects
Report Number: 24-60779 / 24-62977
Location: Ace Hardware, Thousand Oaks
Nike Outlet, Camarillo
Date & Time: 05-22-24 / 1610
Unit(s) Responsible: Ventura County Organized Retail Theft Task Force / Camarillo Police / Simi Valley Police
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence

(S) Lugo, Josef Hartmout
(S)Reilly, Jamaal
(S)Rosser, Nickol
Simi Valley
Newport Beach

Two Ventura County residents and one Orange County resident were arrested on charges related to stealing merchandise from Ace Hardware and Nike stores in Ventura County.
On 05-22-24, Ventura County Organized Retail Theft Task Force (VCORTTF) detectives concluded an investigation with the arrest of Oxnard resident Jamaal Reily who was suspected of stealing hundreds of dollars in tools from Ace Hardware in Thousand Oaks.  

During the investigation detectives saw Simi Valley resident Josef Lugo and Reilly enter the Nike Outlet Store in Camarillo. Reilly was seen by VCORTTF detectives exiting the store with suspected stolen merchandise and was picked up by an awaiting vehicle driven by Newport Beach resident Nikol Rosser. VCORTTF detectives, assisted by Camarillo patrol deputies, conducted a traffic stop and recovered stolen merchandise from the Nike Outlet store in the vehicle.  Lugo, Rosser, and Reilly were arrested on felony charges of organized retail theft.

With the assistance of the Simi Valley Police Department Special Enforcement Team, VCORTTF detectives served a search warrant at a residence associated with Lugo in the 1100 block of Arcane Ave. in the city of Simi Valley. Detectives found additional stolen merchandise from the previous theft at Ace Hardware inside the residence.

Reilly, Lugo, and Rosser were booked at the Pre-Trial Detention Facility in Ventura.  Lugo was later released on his own recognizance.  Rosser was released after posting $20,000 bail.  Reilly remains in custody in lieu of $30,000 bail.  All three are scheduled to appear in Ventura County Superior Court on 06-05-24.

The Ventura County Organized Retail Theft Task Force was formed after the Sheriff’s Office was awarded grant funding under the California Retail Theft Prevention Grant Program.  This program formalizes a coordinated effort, overseen by the Sheriff’s Office, involving all law enforcement agencies in Ventura County to prevent and combat the estimated $10 million yearly loss from organized retail theft, vehicle/vehicle parts theft and cargo theft. 

The task force is comprised of detectives from various agencies within Ventura County with the primary mission of combatting organized retail theft, vehicle/vehicle parts theft and cargo theft which impact our businesses, citizens, and communities here in Ventura County.  The task force aims to provide a safe environment for everyone while working hand in hand with retailers, law enforcement agencies and the public to identify, locate and arrest the criminals involved in these types of crimes.

Persons with information regarding organized retail theft, vehicle/vehicle parts theft or cargo theft are encouraged to call the Ventura County Organized Retail Theft Task Force’s recorded line at (805) 383-8703 or by calling the Crime Stoppers Tip Line (800) 222-TIPS (8477).  You can remain anonymous when calling either number.
Prepared by: Sergeant Baltazar Tapia  
News Release Date: 05-29-24  
Media Follow-Up Contact: Sergeant Baltazar Tapia
[email protected]
Approved by:
Booking Photo Release:
Captain Ron Chips
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