A pair of men who have been accused of burglarizing a pawn and jewelry shop have been booked at the Ventura County Main Jail.
The men, who have been identified as 50-year-old Rafael Morales and 50-year-old Jesus Rios were taken into custody after police executed search warrants on their homes.
Police investigators say they began to research the burglaries in late 2016, shortly after a Simi Valley pawn shop was broken into. In that crime, Rios was detained briefly but was later released.
Police said it was at this time that they learned about a burglary technique that involved cutting holes through walls and ceilings to gain access to a store’s safe. As part of the investigation, authorities identified a total of four subjects who they believed had participated in this type of crime.
Investigators said that more than $1 million in cash and merchandise had been stolen using this technique between July and November of last year.
Rios and Morales are currently being held at the Ventura County Jail on $500,000 bail bonds. They’ve been charged with conspiracy and commercial burglary. It’s unclear how close police are to arresting the remaining two suspects.
Original article: Two arrested in Ventura County jewelry store, pawn shop burglaries