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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Is This Your iPad? Cops Bust Thieves, Seize Half Million in Stolen Gadgets

Posted By on Wed, Dec 5, 2012 at 5:07 PM

click to enlarge Victor, Henry, and Ana - SFPD
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  • Victor, Henry, and Ana

Are you missing your laptop? It just might be in this stash police found.

San Francisco police nabbed three people who were busted with thousands of stolen items, including laptops, cellphones, watches, camera, and hard drives, totaling $500,000, according to police.

On Nov. 28. Henry Gamboa, 24, Victor Gamboa, 24, and Ana Bustillos, 23, were arrested at the apartment they shared on the 400 block of Jones Street. They were booked into San Francisco County Jail on multiple charges of possession of stolen property.

Upon searching the apartment, police found thousand items, consisting almost entirely of electronics. In addition, they found about $32,000 in cash.

Police believe the stolen items came from auto break-ins across San Francisco and Oakland, and that the suspects were involved in the ongoing distribution of the stolen property. What's more, police believe the three suspects are part of a much larger theft operation, said Sgt. Michael Andraychak.

"The arrest and prosecution of these defendants will deal a strong blow to the marketplace of stolen property," said District Attorney George Gascón.The San Francisco Police Department did a phenomenal job in investigating this case."

Here's a snapshot of some of the electronics recovered -- some are cool and swanky, and others are just plain weird:

click to enlarge Somebody did. - SFPD
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  • Somebody did.

If you spot something that is yours, e-mail the Central Station at You must have either a case number from the reported theft or proof that the property belongs to the victim.

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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