Two Contra Costa men who are believed to have stolen thousands of dollars worth of items from a charity’s storage unit have been booked and processed into the Martinez Jail.
Defendants Jason Critez and Frank Mireles were arrested last weekend at their respective homes. Investigators have alleged the pair burglarized a storage unit belonging to Christmas for Everyone in order to unlawfully obtain and sell its contents. The theft reportedly took place during the last week in February.
A spokesperson for the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Department said more than $60,000 worth of property was stolen at the time of the theft. Tables, chairs, coats, toys and barrels of other gifts were among the items taken. A search of the defendants’ homes uncovered some, but not all, of the stolen property. It is unclear whether the rest of the pillaged items are being stored elsewhere or if they have been sold.
Defendant Crites is being charged with burglary and felony vandalism. Defendant Mireles is being charged with felony vandalism, possession of stolen property and suspicion of burglary. Both men remain in custody at the Martinez Jail. Bail information was not immediately available but it is believed that amount may be in excess of $40,000 per defendant. If either of the men wishes to hire a Contra Costa bondsman their cost will be 10%.
Anyone who believes they may have unknowingly purchased stolen property is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Department.