Photo Gallery | $1 million of stolen property seized in Kannapolis
KANNAPOLIS - It's more than one million dollars worth of stolen property and police have no idea who most of it belongs to.
All of the items in these pictures were seized from a building in Kannapolis after being taken from businesses all over the east coast. An arrest has been made in the case, but now comes the job of getting all of this, back to its rightful owner.
There are building materials, power tools, art work, you name, you'll probably find it. Police have sorted through and tagged every single item, nearly 1300 total.
They say it was all part of an elaborate theft ring where Daniel Reyes and others disabled security alarms and carried off large amounts of all kinds of things they would later try to sell on line or to third parties.
"The Charlotte captain put it at one million and I agree with him," said Captain Patrick Patty of the Kannapolis Department. "Like I said, what you see is just one building and we've got another establishment about half of this size and it's completely packed."
The arrest in the case was made by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police, along with Kannapolis and Greensboro Police.
Steele Creek Division detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department arrested Daniel V. Reyes on outstanding warrants stemming from a large amount of stolen property he was in possession of that was stolen in several commercial breaking and entering cases.
More than three months ago, Steele Creek detectives began an investigation into a series of commercial B&E cases that had similar trends. In those cases, the suspects disabled security alarms after business hours, forced their way into the establishments and removed large quantities of merchandise. The merchandise ranged from musical instruments, electronics, clothing, hunting and outdoor equipment and even included ballistic vests along with a multitude of other items.
Information gathered during this investigation revealed that the stolen items were being transported and stored in a building located at 1124 Rosewood Avenue in Kannapolis. The building had been used as a church, but had been vacant.
Neighbor Connolly Barnes noticed some activity at the building.
"And I saw U-Hauls, large U-Hauls," Barnes told WBTV. "I didn't think nothing of it, thought maybe another church congregation was moving in."
On April 5, investigators executed a search warrant of the building.
During the search, investigators discovered a marijuana growing operation and recovered a large quantity of stolen merchandise with an estimated value of one-million dollars.
Information and evidence gathered during the investigation revealed that Daniel V. Reyes was involved in this series of property crimes and was selling the stolen property on Craigslist. Reyes has been charged with four counts of possession of stolen property.
Reyes also had outstanding arrest warrants in Jefferson County, Kentucky , for B&E and Larceny charges at the time of his arrest.
Additionally, detectives have outstanding arrest warrants for Ineido Cepero Aldana, DOB: 04/20/1988, and Elias Larosa, DOB:11/15/1982, for their roles in this criminal operation.
Anyone with information concerning their whereabouts’ is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704.334.1600. Detectives are also investigating whether the three men had any involvement in several similar B&E cases.
Anyone who believes they may have been victimized by these property thieves is asked to contact CMPD Detective Amy Kelly at (704) 336-8004 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or the Kannapolis Police Department, Sergeant Joe Yurco email@example.com 704-920-4108.