IMPERIAL — Police here are in the process of locating owners of property stolen from several area storage facilities after arresting three El Centro men in connection with the property Friday.
Imperial police Officer Joe Garibaldi stopped Joel Rodriguez, 23, at Aten and Blazing Star roads about 3:45 a.m. Friday for a traffic violation and subsequently questioned him about a large amount of assorted property stuffed in the trunk and back seat of Rodriguez's car.
After getting conflicting stories, Garibaldi arrested Rodriguez for being under the influence of a controlled substance and began to investigate the property, Garibaldi said. Garibaldi said All About Storage at 320 W. Aten Road had been burglarized and suspected the property was from that facility.
After further investigation, Garibaldi, El Centro police and a county probation officer went to a house in the 1500 block of Holt Avenue in El Centro on Friday afternoon. After searching the house and finding drugs and more stolen property, officers arrested a resident there, Gabriel Bermudez Tabarez, 24, for possession of stolen property, being under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana and methamphetamine, Garibaldi said.