ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) - A southeast New Mexico sheriff's department has a garage full of stolen property, and authorities believe one man is responsible for stealing it all.
Now, deputies need to find the owners of all that loot.
Every time they find a victim, that's more charges for suspected burglar Victoriano Carrasco as he sits behind bars. It's a number that continues to grow with victims coming forward.
So far, authorities have linked the one man to more than two dozen burglaries. The Chaves County Sheriff's Office is overrun with stolen property these days filled with everything from flat-screen TVs and car stereos to power tools, jewelry and electronics.
"We believe it's all stolen because it was given to us by the people that were in possession of it as 'The suspect in this case brought us this stuff and if it's stolen we don't want it,'" explained Lt. Britt Snyder.
All of it comes from three homes deputies searched, and they say it's all linked to 29-year-old Carrasco.
Carrasco ditched his parole back in February, and since then, investigators believe, he's been very busy targeting homes.
"So far we've connected the suspect to 28 burglaries," said Snyder. "Three of those were from Ruidoso and Lincoln County, and the rest are in Chaves County."
Last month, investigators followed a tip that led them to an apartment complex in Roswell. Carrasco leapt from one building top to another to try to get away but was surrounded and arrested.
Deputies are still trying to find his burglary victims.
"Right here is some hand-made holsters, knife scabbards," Snyder said. "Somebody made those, and they'd be easy to identify, but we've never found anybody to identify those as of yet."
Aside from electronics like cell phones, Xboxes, and laptops, there are personal items like family photos and digital cameras filled with pictures. There are even birth certificates that haven't been claimed.
"You know, there was maybe a box of things that were taken and they don't realize what all was in that box until they see it laying here on these tables," Snyder said.
Snyder said they've also linked bigger ticket items, like furniture, washers and dryers to the proper owners.
"(Carrasco) refurnished the entire house, his mother's house, with what appears to be stolen property," he added.
Still, the massive stack sits, and the number of victims is growing.
Investigators do believe Carrasco had help stealing the items, and Snyder said more people could be charged in these cases. Anyone looking to claim the stolen property at the Chaves County Sheriff's Office will need to show some sort of proof of ownership.
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