Cellphone Flashlight App Helps Deputies Find Alleged Burglar in Camarillo Pharmacy

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Deputies found an alleged burglar hiding inside a Camarillo pharmacy when they saw a light, which turned out to be from a cellphone app, illuminating from inside the store,  authorities reported Wednesday.

A Ventura County Sheriff’s Office patrol car in a file photo (credit: VCSD)

Joseph Propernick, 22, was allegedly found around 1 a.m. on Tuesday inside a pharmacy located in the 1200 block of Paseo Camarillo by deputies responding  to an alarm call, the Ventura County Sheriff’s  Office reported in a news release.

Propernick was holding a crowbar, wearing a backpack containing stolen pharmaceuticals, and had a cellphone in his hand with the flashlight app on, authorities said.

Ventura County sheriff’s investigators said Propernick admitted to the pharmacy burglary, as well as  burglarizing several nearby businesses.

During a search of  Propernick’s car, detectives found  property allegedly stolen from burglaries reported on Paseo Camarillo, as well as items from a jewelry store burglary that happened on Sunday.

Responding deputies saw the pharmacy’s front window had been smashed, as well as several windows from neighboring businesses. Around the same time as the pharmacy burglary, deputies also responded to a separate alarm call in the 400 block of Arneill Road, authorities said.

Propernick, of Corona, was booked on four counts of commercial burglary and one count of attempted commercial burglary, officials reported.

He was being held on $50,000 bail.

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