Newbury Park man is serial trailhead burglar, police say

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The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department arrested a man Jan. 12 on suspicion of his breaking into numerous vehicles parked at local hiking trails.

Source of this article: The Thousand Oaks Acorn, January 19, 2012

Troyan Duss

According to authorities, convicted burglar and Newbury Park resident Troyan Duss, 43, used the purses, bank cards and cash stolen from trailhead parking lots to support his drug addiction.

Duss was on parole after serving a third of his 28-year prison sentence for burglaries and drug possession. But shortly after his release an arrest warrant was issued because he failed to comply with the conditions of his parole, Sgt. Michael Holland said.

Detectives from the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station learned that Duss was living with a woman in an apartment near Las Virgenes Road and Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Calabasas.

Deputies arrested Duss as he arrived at the apartment complex in a rental car. Police said the vehicle contained more than 50 stolen items, including women’s purses, credit cards, gift cards and cash belonging to victims in Calabasas, Agoura Hills, West Hills and other communities.

Detectives say they also confi scated heroin and methamphetamine. To make their arrest, they relied on tips and surveillance footage that they say shows the suspect making purchases with stolen credit cards.

Authorities have identified at least nine victims. Residents who believe they were victimized should call the sheriff’s department at (818) 878-1808.