Photo: tools recovered
OAKLAND — A man suspected of operating a large-scale fencing operation in the San Francisco Bay area has been arrested. The suspect was identified as a result of multiple investigations of commercial and vehicle burglaries.
The suspect was allegedly purchasing stolen power tools from a network of burglars. All this stolen property was being sold at flea markets located in Oakland and San Jose.
Wullian H. Cordova-Cubias, 31 of San Leandro, was identified as a fencing mastermind by Oakland PD’s burglary investigations unit. He was the subject of a monthlong inquiry, which also resulted in the arrests of several associated burglary suspects.
Cordova-Cubias was arrested February 25, as Oakland investigators executed a search warrant at his home. Inside, police recovered some 250 power tools estimated to be worth $300,000.
Oakland police Sgt. Michael Valle said in a prepared statement. “This suspect purchased stolen tools, commercial-grade tools, from auto burglars and commercial burglars throughout the Bay Area.”
In addition to power tools, Cordova-Cubias also had in his possession a stolen firearm, and methamphetamine.
Consequently, Cordova-Cubias faces eight criminal charges:
11370.1 (A) Possession of a firearm and controlled substance
11377 (A) Possession of a controlled substance
422 (A) Making threats of violence
496 (A) Receiving or concealing stolen property
29800 (A) (1) Addict in possession of a firearm
25400 (A) (2) Carrying a concealed firearm
25850 (C) (2) Carrying a stolen loaded firearm
2580C6 – Carrying loaded firearm when not the registered owner