ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) - He's a career criminal, well known by police, and his latest arrest over the weekend now has investigators trying to match his alleged victims to a load of stolen loot.
Xavier Barela's most recent bust has the evidence room at the Roswell Police Department looking like a pawn shop.
Detectives went through tables of items found after getting a warrant to search Barela's car. It's all property police found inside the 35-year-old's vehicle, after he was pulled over on Saturday for playing his music too loud.
Aside from gold, silver, and jewelry of all types, "credit cards, there were citizenship cards, drivers licenses, there was cash, DVD players, remote controls to TVs, it was just amazing the variety of stuff that was found," said officer Erica O'Bryon, of the Roswell Police Department.
Barella was also armed with a stolen gun. He was out on bond for at least five felony cases in the past year when he was arrested again.
Known for property crimes through the years, the gun and a mask officers also found in his car have police worried his crimes are escalating.
"Before, his identity was always known, he had never concealed himself," explained O'Bryon. "At this point it looked as if he was possibly getting ready to conceal himself to then start committing those crimes, of who knows what."
Police have reviewed recent burglary cases and have linked some of the items in Barela's car to at least three of them.
Barela has a long history with the Chaves County Detention Center. He's been in and out of the jail since 1995, and has posted bond from there at least 34 times.
He almost got out again. Earlier this week his bail was set at $50,000 cash only, but it was later lowered to $5,000 surety, meaning he only had to post ten-percent of that to get out of jail.
"When the detective found out about that, he contacted the federal court system and began the process to move the state charges over to a federal process," O'Bryon explained. "He was successful in doing that."
Since the detective was successful, Barela is currently on a no bond hold for a federal charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Federal charges often carry stricter sentences.
Detectives also searched Barela's home and found more stolen jewelry. Police are trying to find the rightful owners of those items as well.
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