MARTINEZ -- A Martinez-based Christmas charity devoted to giving gifts received a decent one itself Monday as the Contra Costa Sheriff's office announced a second arrest and recovery of half the inventory stolen from the charity's warehouse.
Detectives arrested 55-year-old Frank Mireles on suspicion of burglary, possession of stolen property and felony vandalism in connection with a burglary earlier this year at the Christmas for Everyone warehouse, Sheriff's Office spokesman Jimmy Lee said.
Detectives served a warrant at Mireles' residence in the first block of Morello Avenue on Saturday, Lee said. Deputies also recovered what the Sheriff's Office deemed "a large amount" of property belonging to the charity.
More property was recovered when a search warrant was served at a storage garage on Howe Road. The owner identified the property, which was returned.
The Christmas for Everyone charity's stated mission is to make sure nobody spends Christmas alone. On Feb. 25, the organization reported that its warehouse in the 1800 block of Shell Avenue in unincorporated Martinez had been burglarized, Lee said. It's unknown when the burglary took place, Lee said, but numerous items were taken, including gifts and equipment.
Sheriff's Office detectives on Friday arrested 38-year-old Jason Crites of Martinez and recovered more than 30 stolen items from the warehouse in a residence in the 4200 block of Via De Flores in Martinez.
Mireles was being held on $45,000 bail at the County Jail in Martinez, while Crites' bail was set at $25,000, Lee said.
The Sheriff's Office investigation remains ongoing, Lee said. Some of the items from the Christmas for Everyone charity may have been purchased unknowingly at flea markets or other venues and those items can be returned with no questions asked, he said. To return the property, call 925-313-2662.
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