Seconhand dealer charged with theft after selling items from a west El Paso burglary
A secondhand dealer in connection to a home burglary was arrested and charged Tuesday, said El Paso police.
The suspected burglar, Joseph Ray Pena, was arrested last week after he was caught on surveillance video, police said.\
Marco Antonio Grado is accused of receiving thousands of dollars worth of stolen jewelry from the home Pena broke into.
Investigators said Pena was charged with burglarizing a home in the 5600 block of Star View Drive in west El Paso.
Surveillance footage from cameras at the home captured images of the intruder and his vehicle.
Two days later, an officer spotted a vehicle similar to the one in the surveillance video on Mesa Street.
The officer identified the man in the vehicle as Pena.
Further investigation linked him to the break-in, and he was charged with burglary of a habitation.
The stolen goods were found at the Central de Plata y Oro store by police using a search warrant, police said.
Investigators said Grado didn't record any of the required information for a legal secondhand dealer transaction.
They said Grado sold some of the jewelry as precious metal to a refinery, where it was melted down.
Grado was charged with theft of more than $2,500, but less than $30,000.