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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.

(Ventura County Sheriff's Office Photo)

A massive gang sweep involving eight locations on the South Coast has led to ten arrests.

Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives spearheaded the massive operation Thursday following a month long investigation. The gang had been involved in crimes ranging from robberies to drug sales.

80 officers from more than a half dozen local and state law enforcement agencies were involved in the sweep.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies investigating what appeared to be suspicious activity in a county park say they arrested six suspected gang members, after they found two guns, ammunition, and drugs in a park restroom.

The deputies were driving through Rocky Nook Park, in Mission Canyon around 9:30 Monday night when they noticed what appeared to be fresh gang graffiti on a picnic table. As they investigated, in a nearby restroom they found a shoebox containing two pistols, close to 100 rounds of ammunition, and some baggies of cocaine.

A Ventura County gang member has been sentenced to 18 years in state prison for a pair of shootings which wounded a nine year old girl, and a man.

Mauricio Chavez of Fillmore entered guilty pleas to nine charges stemming from the attacks last June on Ramona Street, in Ventura.

The nine year old girl, as well as adult male victim escaped with minor injuries.