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Stolen property

March 29, 2002

recovered, ICSO

now looking for

county victims

By DARREN SIMON

Staff Writer

The county Sheriff's Office is looking for burglary victims from the past year and a half after an arrest earlier this week led to the recovery of stolen property.

On Monday, the U.S. Border Patrol arrested 37-year-old El Centro resident Antonio Rodriguez at a checkpoint in Winterhaven.

He was stopped at the checkpoint after reportedly behaving nervously, according to sheriff's Investigator William R. Jernigan.

A search of the vehicle revealed Rodriguez was in possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. Agents also found stashed in the truck a large load of what was thought to be stolen property, Jernigan said. Among the items found were CDs, watches, jewelry, power tools, coins, small toys and knives.

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Rodriguez was turned over to the Sheriff's Office and booked into the county jail on suspicion of possessing stolen property and was charged on that count by the county District Attorney's Office.

He remained in custody today with his bail set at $5,000. There was no information this morning on whether drug charges would be filed.

Jernigan said the Sheriff's Office wants to contact victims of burglaries to determine if they can identify the property and have it returned to them.

He said a date will be set up, likely in the next two weeks, to allow people to come in and attempt to identify the property.

Jernigan asked that those who have questions contact him at 572-1250. He said he would provide a specific date for people to come to the Sheriff's Office.

He said the property was thought to have been stolen over the last year and a half.

>> Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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