Man confesses to stealing, reselling items from stores, police say

Robert Neaves, 18, believed to be linked to 'fencing' operation

SAN ANTONIO – Robert Neaves, 18, is facing charges connected to what police believe was a fencing operation, the theft and sale of items from numerous stores.

Neaves was arrested Tuesday on a charge of organized retail theft.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, detectives had begun watching him after receiving a tip that he was dealing in stolen property.

The affidavit said that they saw him take more than two dozen shirts and other items from a store at North Star Mall one day in October, then drive to a West Side home where he sold some of the stolen items.

Officers later conducted a traffic stop and took him into custody.

During questioning, investigators said Neaves admitted to stealing merchandise from that store and others and reselling it to fences, or contacts, that he has locally and online.

The charge he currently is facing stems from one theft in particular -- four Yeti coolers worth about $1,800 from Academy Sports and Outdoors. 

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