On the morning of February 24, 2016, detectives from the Sheriff’s Cyber Financial Crimes Unit arrested 41 year old Vista
resident Rachel Owens for several counts of identity theft and grand theft. From October 2013 until November 2015,
Owens served as the Treasurer for Vista Pop Warner Football and Cheer. In November 2015, detectives from the
Sheriff’s Cyber Financial Crimes Unit received a case involving the possible embezzlement of funds from the youth
football and cheer organization. Detectives determined there was probable cause to believe Owens was responsible for
the theft of over $100,000 from the accounts she managed. Detectives obtained a warrant for her arrest and she was
taken into custody at her place of employment without incident. Owens was booked into the Vista Detention Facility, is
being held on $300,000 bail, and the investigation is ongoing.
Lieutenant Greg Rylaarsdam from the Sheriff’s Cyber Financial Crimes Unit will be available for on-camera interviews on
February 23, 2016 between 1030am and 1230pm at Sheriff’s Headquarters located at 9621 Ridgehaven Court, San Diego
Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Cyber Financial Crimes Unit at (858) 974-2322 or you may remain
anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477 and be eligible for up to a $1000 reward for information leading
to an arrest.