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Imperial police seeking owners of stolen storage facility property

February 15, 2001|By MARCY MISNER, Staff Writer

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.

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Officers later went to a motel in the 1200 block of West Adams Avenue, where after searching his room they arrested Jimmy Albright, 36, for being under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of stolen property.

Garibaldi said the property recovered from the three locations is thought to have been stolen from All About Storage, Royale Palms Storage at 1857 W. Euclid Ave. in El Centro and AKC Mini Storage at 1549 Dogwood Road in El Centro. All About Storage was burglarized sometime between Feb. 1 and Friday, Garibaldi said.

Some of the locks at the storage facilities were intact when it was discovered the lockers had been burglarized, Garibaldi added. The stolen property includes computer equipment, bicycles, home furnishings and various electronics including telephones and speakers.

Anyone who suspects Imperial police may have recovered their stolen property can call Garibaldi at 355-4327.

Information on the custody status of the suspects was not available.

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