Search is on for burglary victims

April 16, 2002|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

The Imperial County Sheriff's Office is looking for more victims of burglaries in the past year and a half after an arrest March 26 led to the recovery of a large quantity of stolen property.

On March 26 U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested El Centro resident Antonio Rodriguez, 37, at a checkpoint in Winterhaven.

He was stopped at the checkpoint after behaving nervously. 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. Among the items found were compact discs, watches, jewelry, power tools, coins, small toys and knives.

Sheriff's Investigator William R. Jernigan said the department previously announced to the public it had recovered property and was seeking to return it to the owners. He said the earlier article led to a good number of victims coming forward to claim their property.


He said he set up appointments with the victims to identify property. Jernigan added investigators have come across more jewelry in the case that possibly is stolen.

He added officers would like any burglary victims from the last year and a half to set up an appointment to identify the jewelry and have it returned to them.

Jernigan asked that possible victims and those who have questions about the case contact him at 572-1250. He said he would provide specific times and dates for people to come to the Sheriff's Office.

He also praised the cooperation of Larry Grogan, owner of Valley Pawn Shop in El Centro. Jernigan said Grogan, El Centro's mayor, turned over some jewelry thought to have been stolen.

>>Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3441.

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