THOUSAND OAKS (CBSLA) — Non-sworn Ventura County Sheriff’s Office and Ventura County District Attorney’s Office employees were among the three people arrested this weekend in the vandalism of a Black Lives Matter sign in Thousand Oaks.

Authorities said Craig Anderson, Jeffrey Moore and Darrin Stone vandalized the sign, which has been displayed along a fence on Westlake Boulevard for the past three weeks, on separate occasions. The owner of the sign placed a security camera nearby.

A Black Lives Matter sign in Thousand Oaks was vandalized on several occasions since May, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said. (Courtesy: CBS)

According to the VCSO, on May 31, Anderson is accused of cutting the sign down and was going to remove it from the area when he noticed the camera and left the sign at the scene. Anderson works as a non-sworn investigative assistant at the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office.

Police said Moore stopped by the sign on June 11 and sprayed graffiti on it. He was allegedly driving a work truck that led to his identification as a suspect.

Stone is accused of the most recent incidents. According to VCSO, he was caught on camera on June 13 and June 19 slashing the sign. Stone serves as a non-sworn employee for VCSO as a service technician for the Pre-Trial Detention Facility in Ventura and has worked for the sheriff’s office since 2005. He was off-duty during both incidents and has been placed on paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of criminal and administrative investigations into the incidents.

“I’m deeply disappointed that one of our employees involved himself in this type of illegal activity, especially when this is an infringement on someone’s First Amendment right to freedom of speech,” said Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub. “We will not tolerate unlawful or unethical behavior by anyone employed by our agency. We hold our employees to the highest standards, and there will be consequences for this.”

All three men have been cited for vandalism as the investigation continues.

This story has been updated.

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  2. Thousand Oaks, pretty much explains it. Right next to Calabassas. Entitlement territory. I’d like to see BLM signs all over the West Valley, all the way up to Ventura County to dig into those property values you people treasure so much.

    1. cielo62 says:

      Wanting equal rights for people has ZERO effect on who can or will move into your ritzy neighborhoods. Stop being such a snowflake.

  3. Floyd Martin says:

    Well are these BLM signs posted even Legal? If Not no Crime?

    1. cielo62 says:

      It’s private property, so YES, they were legal.

  4. John McDaniel says:

    That sign was illegal. Are you going to bring in the criminal that put up the terrorist threat sign to testify against those that removed the illegal vandalism.

    And you arrested 0 of the looters and 0 of the violent criminals that tore down statues. For Shame!

    1. mpzz says:

      Boy, you Drumpfers really do come as dumb as advertised.

    2. JOhn says:

      1st amendment
      Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

      Fact BLM are not terrorist

      Government(employees) is prohibited from conveying messages that denigrate or demean racial or religious minorities.

    3. Ron W says:

      John, you are spot on with both of your posts.
      California is the worlds largest nuthouse!

  5. John McDaniel says:

    Did the criminal that placed the illegal and threatening sign put his contact information so people may inquire in writing for permission to remove it?

    And how do you know they aren’t removing their own sign? Are you just assuming that it belongs to someone else. Whom do people that want to remove their own illegal terroristic signs have to obtain permission from to remove said sign?

  6. Connie C., JD says:

    Let’s see if we understand this …… publically owned monuments get violently torn down by BLM because such monuments hurt BLM feelings, no one gets arrested; JQ public violently tears-down privately owned BLM sign because BLM sign hurts JQ Public’s feelings, JQ public gets arrested……. What if the publically owned sign said, “BLDM” (black lives don’t matter)?, Can BLM tear-down the privately owned BLDM sign without getting arrested? If this is all about private vs. public property 1st Amendment rights, then JQ’s recourse should be to place a sign on his own property saying whatever he wants to say, no matter whose feelings get hurt. In the end, all the sensitive children will be happy, otherwise – the age-old remedy for hurt feelings is to run to mommy for a hug, along with milk and cookies.

    All this is really all about hate, not logical feelings. Today, hate is one of the biggest moneymaker’s going for both the right and the left – we the people, if we buy into their ploy, are being played for suckers$$$.

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