MARTINEZ -- Local charity Christmas for Everyone, plagued by burglaries in recent months, was hit again Wednesday. But this time, there was somewhat of a happy ending with the suspect caught by police the next day.
On Wednesday, around 8 p.m., Contra Costa County deputy sheriffs responded to a burglary call at a storage unit in the 1800 block of Shell Avenue.
The incident, reported by the charity, resulted in approximately $20,000 worth of Christmas decorations missing.
Detectives followed up on the case Thursday and conducted a probation search at the home of 39-year-old Jason Crites in Martinez. There, they found several boxes of property that belonged to Christmas for Everyone. The items were returned to the charity, and Crites was arrested on suspicion of possession of stolen property.
He is being held at the County Jail in Martinez in lieu of $20,000 bail.
The same storage unit was burglarized earlier this year when numerous items, gifts and equipment worth roughly $60,000 were stolen. Detectives arrested two men for the burglary, one of whom was Crites.
At the time, he was arrested for burglary and felony vandalism. He posted bail and was released from custody. Most of the items taken then were recovered and returned to the owner.
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