$25K in stolen property recovered by new SAPD task force

SAN ANTONIO – Work by a new San Antonio Police Department task force led to the recovery of over $25,000 worth of stolen property Monday.

Industrial equipment, electronics and a motorcycle were among the items recovered. Drugs and weapons were also recovered.

The newly created Fencing Interdiction Task Force targets suspected locations that recover and redistribute stolen property -- a process known as "fencing."

SAPD said the task force consists of property crime detectives throughout the city. Monday's bust was done with help from the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The law enforcement agencies served a warrant at a home in the 9000 block of Island View Street, where the items were recovered. 

Carol Carr has lived in the Sky Harbor Subdivision on the South Side for the past 10 years. She had no idea an illegal fencing operation was taking place just down the street from her.

"I know that stuff goes around, because I've heard about it, but I didn't know it was so close to our house," Carr said.

Roger and Richard Delgado were arrested. Both men had prior warrants out for their arrests. Two others were detained for questioning.

Inside the home, investigators confiscated thousands of dollars worth of stolen items and 35 grams of heroin.

Police believe some of the stolen property could have been from break-ins from around the area and nearby stores. 

"I'm glad they got them, I'm glad that they caught them," Carr said.

The Fencing Interdiction Task Force is trying to put more of a focus on the higher levels of fencing operations, rather than going after the individual shoplifters or thieves who may contribute to them.