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Stolen law enforcement uniforms, badges recovered

3 in custody after stolen items recovered

A routine traffic stop by Bexar County Sheriff's deputies over the weekend turned up an assortment of law enforcement-related items, such as uniforms, badges and shoulder patches.

"What we have found is police paraphernalia -- (multiple) agencies are involved -- and because of that, it is going to take time to complete the investigation," said Bexar County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Rosanne Hughes.

The items were recovered after deputies stopped a truck because a front license plate was missing.

A woman got out of the truck and approached a house in the 2500 block of Westgard where the traffic stop was made.

Carlos Ambriz said he knew there was trouble moments before deputies approached his home.

"I saw this girl coming and I believe she was going to break into the house," said Carlos Ambriz, who lived at the home.

He said deputies apprehended the woman before she could get to the door, and, instead, they entered his home but recovered no evidence. Ambriz was arrested but later released.

"They found stuff in her truck and I guess she accused me of selling drugs," Ambriz said.

He said he knew nothing of the stolen police equipment but knew the woman. He said she was the friend of an acquaintance.

"I guess she tried to say she came over here to drop it off," Ambriz said. "I think she came over here to rob me."

Hughes said investigators are checking with area law enforcement agencies to determine whether they are missing any items.

The woman and two men were taken into custody as part of what Hughes described as an ongoing investigation.

"We don't have any evidence at this time that any of this was used to actually commit a crime," Hughes said.

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