SFPD Arrest Three Suspect in Massive Fencing Ring Operation
Victor Gamboa Henry Gamboa Ana Bustillos
San Francisco police have arrested three suspects in a massive stolen property fencing ring operation specializing in electronic items. Taken into custody on November 28 were Henry Gamboa, 24; Victor Gamboa, also 24; and Ana Bustillos, 23. All were taken into custody at an apartment they shared on the 400 block of Jones Street. Over a thousand items, consisting almost entirely of electronics, including laptops, cell phones, hard drives, and accessories, were located inside the residence, storage facilities, vehicles, and other locations. Police value the property at approximately $500,000. Police also recovered approximately $32,000 in cash.
Central Police Station’s Investigative Team followed investigative leads to identify and arrest the suspects. The stolen property came from auto break-ins in San Francisco and Oakland. The suspects were involved in ongoing distribution of the property. Police believe that the arrested suspects are part of a larger theft and stolen property operation, and their investigation continues.
In this investigation, police were greatly assisted by utilizing the SFPD’s Crime Data Warehouse (CDW), a computer-search system. The CDW database stores extensive information from reported cases, including stolen-item descriptions, which investigators can access to help solve crimes. “The Crime Data Warehouse has proved invaluable in helping investigators obtain information to solve cases,” said Police Chief Greg Suhr, who initiated CDW. “It’s another example of how a variety of technological tools can help police in their investigations.”
The suspects have been charged with multiple counts of possession of stolen property, and Henry Gamboa and Victor Gamboa remain in custody. Photos of all three suspects accompany this press release.
"The arrest and prosecution of these defendants will deal a strong blow to the marketplace of stolen property. The San Francisco Police Department did a phenomenal job in investigating this case," said George Gascón, District Attorney of San Francisco.
The Central Station Investigative Team has posted photos of the property recovered on the link provided below. If the victim can identify the items, he or she should e-mail Central Station by using the link provided on the webpage. The victim must have either a case number from the reported theft or proof that the property belongs to the victim. Police have identified and photographed almost all of the recovered items but some items such as “SD Memory Cards” are still being processed.
Important instructions on how to make a claim for an item:
1. The email address to make a claim is: [email protected]
2. Type in the file name associated with the photo(s) on the "subject" line of the email.
3. Type in the description of the item from the photo on the body of the email.
4. Type in the serial number (if available) from your records on the body of the email.
5. Type in any police report incident number (if available) on the body of the email.
6. Type in your contact information: Name, phone number, and address.