Burglary victim finds property on Craigslist

June 4, 2011

A burglary victim who found what he believed to be his stolen property being sold on Craigslist, alerted San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s detectives who set up a sting on Friday.

Detectives set up a meeting with the Craigslist posters at a motel on Calle Joaquin in San Luis Obispo to check out the items.

Detectives arrested Jose Arnoldo Cantu, 32, of Atascadero and John Dean Stafford, 47, of Arroyo Grande for possession of stolen items. Both men were booked into San Luis Obispo County Jail.

On Thursday, the victim arrived home to find several guns, a camera and assorted power tools were taken while he was at work. The investigation is continuing into recovery of more property.

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This is the 21st Century version of checking the pawnshops for your stuff after you’ve been burgled.

We were robbed last Nov. The perp took all the jewelry. We are sure it was an inside job. Someone we were helping out probably. Makes me sick. He knew where everything was. Didn’t mess up the house just went for the hidden goodies. The worst of it is he took a suitcase that was on the floor that had our talks in one of the pockets. My wife and I give weekends for troubled marriages and had been using these talks for over twenty-five years. Used them for over 250 weekends. Probably had a troubled marriage. Hope he read the talks they can help him and his wife.

Police took fingerprints but nothing became of it. Tell you the truth if we got the talks backs we wouldn’t press charges.

Hats off to those who helped in the recovery… and hands off (if only) for the perps.

Maybe Darwin award candidates, doing a public sale right after the theft?

Two thumbs up.