FRESNO — While more suspects are being sought in an ex-NFL star’s burglary case, at least one arrest has been made.
Fresno County sheriff’s officers apprehended a suspect Thursday night and, in the process, located most of former Oakland Raider Lorenzo Neal’s stolen personal belongings.
Neal’s possessions were discovered in a Fresno storage facility thanks to an anonymous caller to the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office Thursday night. Authorities later captured 40-year-old Robert Campos, who lived a mile away from the facility.
Authorities say Campos has a history of committing burglaries, though Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims believes Campos may have not acted alone.
Yet, despite the search for more accomplices, Neal is relieved that some of stolen merchandise has been recovered.
“I’m just happy they got something back,” Neal told reporters. “If it’s one item or three, there’s a lot of stuff you’re going to get back. You’re just happy you’re getting something back.”
Neal’s home was broken into on Aug. 10. Items that were recovered include an autographed Jerry Rice jersey, boxing gloves worn by Muhammad Ali, Neal’s own jerseys and some of his wife’s designer purses.
There was also a bag of cocaine, a handgun and thousands of dollars in cash next to Neal’s items that investigators discovered at the storage facility.
The former all-pro fullback and Fresno State star actually won’t get his items back right away, because detectives are required to hold onto the property until the case goes to trial. Yet, Neal says that he’s happy that some of his items were found.