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Arrests made in string of car burglaries

Ricardo Gutierrez is seen after being taken into custody on Christmas Eve.

December 25, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
Several people have been arrested for a string of car burglaries in Ventura County. Investigators say they have linked the suspects to at least 30 burglaries.Ricardo Gutierrez, from Ojai, was taken into custody on Christmas Eve. Earlier this week, Reyes Estrada, Benjamin Kennedy, and Kristen Baker were also arrested. All four are from Ojai.

A fifth suspect, Lee Peyton, is serving time in state prison for parole violations. He will be arrested as soon as he is released.

Detectives tracked down the group after Peyton used a credit card stolen from one vehicle. Most of the other stolen items have not been found; investigators think those things were sold to other people.

Most of the burglaries involved purses or other valuables that were left in plain sight. Detectives say the suspects targeted places where people were likely to leave things in their cars, including popular hiking spots, and parking areas around nightclubs.