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Massive fencing ring arrests; Over 1,000 stolen items available to be reclaimed

A portion of the recovered stolen property photo: SFPD Central Station Investigative Team

San Francisco police have arrested three suspects in a massive stolen-property fencing ring specializing in electronic items. Taken into custody on Nov. 28, 2012 were Henry Gamboa, 24; Victor Gamboa, 24; and Ana Bustillos, 23. All were taken into custody at an apartment they shared on the 400 block of Jones Street. Over 1,000 items – consisting almost entirely of electronics, including laptops, cell phones, hard drives, and accessories – were located inside their residence, storage facilities, vehicles and other locations. Police value the property at approximately $500,000. Police also recovered approximately $32,000 in cash.

The Central Station Investigative Team followed leads to arrest the suspects. The stolen property came from auto break-ins in San Francisco and Oakland. Police believe that the suspects are part of a larger theft operation; their
investigation continues. The suspects have been charged with multiple counts of possession of stolen property.

The investigative team has posted 54 pages of recovered property photos at www.flickr.com/photos/90779912@N02/.

To recover stolen property, a victim must either have a case number from the reported theft or proof that the property belongs to them. Follow these steps:

  1. The address to submit a claim is centralstationsit@yahoo.com
  2. In the subject line, type in the file name associated with the photo(s).
  3. In the body of the e-mail, include: The description of the item from the photo; the serial number of the item (if available) from your records; any police report incident number (if available); and your contact information (name, phone number and address).
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