A former maid in Ventura County has been arrested for a string of home burglaries.

The investigation started earlier this month, when a Thousand Oaks home was burglarized. The owner discovered a hidden key used by a family cleaning service which came to the home regularly was missing.

Some ambitious Los Angeles street gangs are taking their show on the road, so to speak, with Ventura County communities among the targets.

Ventura County has been hit by a string of residential burglaries.

Ventura County Undersheriff Gary Pentis says that gangs have become sophisticated in their approach to burglaries. Pentis says they are doing everything from using the internet to identify possible targets to doing their own versions of stakeouts, to try to identify when homes are vacant.

Four people have been arrested in connection with a string of commercial burglaries in Ventura County.

Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies responded to four different burglary calls at small markets and cafes early Sunday morning in Moorpark. They discovered surveillance video at one of the locations, which showed the suspects in a small SUV. Minutes later, deputies happened to spot the SUV on Los Angeles Avenue.

A South Coast city has had a rash of commercial burglaries, and police are urging business operators to take extra precautions.

Eight of the commercial burglaries have taken place in Oxnard since April 23rd. The burglars are breaking into the businesses during the overnight areas, and are focusing on cash registers and safes.

Oxnard Police detectives note that while some businesses commonly leave some cash in registers so they are ready for use in the morning, that practice makes easing pickings for burglars.

Two people have arrested, and a third is being sought for a string of commercial burglaries on the South Coast.

A man and two women from the Los Angeles and Inland Empire areas are accused of a string of charges resulting from the trio of break-ins last October.

The robberies occurred within an hour of each other, and targeted an optometry office in Newbury Park, a phone store in Camarillo and a pharmacy in Oxnard. More than $85,000 dollars worth of prescription glasses, and prescription medicine was stolen.