Santa Fe county, city burglary task force busts another fencing operation

Posted: November 22, 2011 in Uncategorized
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A 2003 booking mug shot of Clarence Catanach, who police arrested Tuesday and say he was running a fencing operation out of his antiques store. (Photo courtest of the Santa Fe County jail)

In Tuesday’s New Mexican, we published a story about a recent fencing operation busted by the multi-agency burglary task force of the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office and the Santa Fe Police Department.

A search warrant executed there netted about $10,000 in stolen items.

The task force was at it again Tuesday afternoon with another big bust pulling in more than $80,000 in suspected stolen goods.

Here is a news release fromthe Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday:

Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Investigators served a search warrant on a local Santa Fe Business linked to fencing stolen property. On November 22, 2011, a newly organized Burglary Task Force comprised of Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office Detectives and City Of Santa Fe Police Detectives served a search warrant on an Antique Shop and Thrift Store located at 1406 3rd Street, in Santa Fe.

Located in the Thrift Store and Antique Shop were several stolen items traced back to recent burglaries in Santa Fe. Seized in the search were over One hundred (100) items, to include jewelry, electronics, and framed artwork; also located hidden at the business were several high priced bronze sculptures valued at $64,000.00  The total value of all the items seized is estimated at over $80,000.00

Arrested at the location was business owner, Clarence Catanach, age 62. He was arrested on an arrest warrant for receiving or transferring stolen property. Clarence will be held on a $20,000.00 cash only bond.

Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office is continuing the investigation into individuals associated with the buying or selling of stolen property at the location. Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Adan Mendoza stated “This is one less outlet for criminals to sell their stolen items. Let this be an example for any other Santa Fe Business buying stolen property, that the Task Force will use all our resources to identify you and shut you down”.

Sheriff Robert Garcia wants to ensure the public that we will continue to use our strongest efforts with our limited resources in combating property crimes in Santa Fe County.

Anyone with information that leads to an arrest in this case may be eligible for a reward of up to $1000.  Callers should call Crime Stoppers (505) 955-5050 and can remain anonymous.

And here is a link to Tuesday morning’s article:

  1. Mark says:

    Excellent. Thanks for the story Geoff and thanks for the hard work to both SFPD and SFCSO!

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