Pine Valley, Calif.—U.S. Border Patrol agents apprehended two men and a woman on Wednesday who were transporting stolen electronic equipment inside their vehicle.
At approximately 4 p.m., Campo Station agents encountered a blue Dodge Caravan with three occupants at the Interstate 8 checkpoint. The vehicle was referred for a secondary inspection and agents asked and received permission to search the vehicle. Agents discovered marijuana inside the handbag of the 26-year-old female passenger.
Agents also discovered electronic equipment, which included Apple and Dell computers, Epson projectors, a Bose speaker system, a Sony Playstation-4, and an Alpine DVD/GPS receiver—all in unopened packaging. Agents asked the 42-year-old male driver if he had purchased the electronics and the man admitted he had not paid for the merchandise.
Through the assistance of loss-prevention services at an area store, it was determined that the equipment was stolen from stores in Yuma, Ariz. and El Centro, Calif. The computers and electronics were valued at approximately $10,000.
The three suspects were arrested for felony conspiracy and grand theft, commercial burglary, and receiving stolen property, in addition to the woman’s drug charge.
To prevent the illicit smuggling of humans, drugs, and other contraband, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance on corridors of egress away from our Nation’s borders. To report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol, contact San Diego Sector at (619) 498-9900.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.