Man accused of stealing thousands in equipment

Police believe suspect was planning to resell pilfered goods

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SAN ANTONIO - Police arrested a suspected thief Monday afternoon, believed to be responsible for several thefts from local businesses over the past few months.

The suspect's name has not been released yet because he's still not been officially charged.

San Antonio police spokeswoman Sandy Gutierrez said the man was arrested at a home in the 17600 block of Frank Madla Road in Helotes.

Detectives with SAPD's Repeat Offender Unit went to the home to serve a search warrant and located what they said was several thousand dollars-worth of stolen items including power generators, chain saws, weed eaters and other tools and equipment.

Gutierrez said the items were stolen from several San Antonio construction companies and other businesses in recent months.

Detectives believe the man intended to resell the items.

"It looks as though he was planning to sell that property, fence it get it back out in the market so it looks as though he was storing it there in the meantime," Gutierrez said.

The man will be charged with theft of $1,500 to $20,000 worth of stolen property and possession of stolen property.

Gutierrez said at least one local business had already identified some of the items that were stolen and were in the process of getting them back from police.

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