Deputies Try to Find Owners for Stolen Items

Stolen items seized in an investigation earlier this year are now available to be reclaimed

By R. Stickney and Monica Garske
|  Sunday, Apr 21, 2013  |  Updated 12:04 PM PDT
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Deputies and postal inspectors displayed the stolen goods hoping to return it to the rightful owners.

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Stolen items ranging from iPads to Frank Sinatra albums are ready for their owners to come and pick them up officials said Thursday.

San Diegans who have filed a police report regarding stolen goods were invited to the Fallbrook Sheriff’s Substation on Alvarado Street to see the display of items recovered by postal investigators and San Diego County sheriff’s deputies.

Erik Watte, 26, and Henry Zermeno, 22, were arrested along with a 17-year-old male in connection with a series of burglaries in the North County and Riverside County four months ago.

The juvenile suspect was in a stolen vehicle at the time of his arrest officials said. He was booked into Juvenile Hall on suspicion of auto theft, conspiracy and residential burglary.

Watte and Zermeno were booked into Vista Jail on possession of stolen property, burglary and narcotics-related charges.


In the process of the investigation, deputies were led to a home on Huffstater Road in Rainbow and a storage unit in Temecula where they recovered a large amount of stolen property.

Among the items are a LA County sheriff’s badge, coins, computers, jewelry, an air gun and a set of dishes. There are even collectible Peanuts and Star Wars cards. See Images

“We’re hoping that people who see this, will see their property and give us a call,” said Jan Caldwell, SDSO spokesperson.

If you don’t have a chance to go to Fallbrook, Caldwell said the department would post images of the stolen items online.

Officials believe the items were taken from residents in Temecula, Murrieta and other areas of Riverside County.

Detectives would also like to hear from people who have been victims of mail theft recently.

“If you’re missing mail or are expecting mail you don’t receive to contact the Postal Inspection Service,” said U.S. Postal Inspector Ricky Vida.

Residents can also report stolen property by calling (760) 451‐3109.

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