Stolen goods recovered at Bosque Farms flea market

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Property burglarized March 10 from a Socorro residence, valued at about $40,000, turned up two days later at a Bosque Farms flea market.

Property burglarized March 10 from a Socorro residence, valued at about $40,000, turned up two days later at a Bosque Farms flea market.

The vendor selling the goods has been arrested and charged with multiple felonies.

Socorro police were contacted about the burglary at 403 Fifth Street in Socorro by the owner, Paul Walker. Among the items stolen from his shop were old gas station equipment, signs and antique toys.

Walker told police that the person who burglarized his property appeared to know what to take, and targeted the more valuable items. Included in the theft were hood ornaments valued at more than $350 a piece.

Walker actually came across his belongings on March 12 while walking through the Bosque Farms Flea Market, being sold by vendor Tommy Barela, 47, of Mountainair.

According to the police report, Walker contacted the Bosque Farms Police Department. BFPD Officer Jeff Hogan questioned Barela, who said he had bought Walker’s property at a flea market in Albuquerque.

Hogan contacted Socorro Police Detective Richard Lopez.

During Lopez’s investigation, he learned from Walker that in addition to the valuable goods stolen from his place, some inexpensive plastic trash cans had also been taken.

A plastic can was among the items Walker spotted at Barela’s flea market stall. Walker told Lopez the can contained sandpaper he had used in his shop only the day before the theft.

Barela has been charged with one second-degree felony count of larceny, one third-degree felony count of receiving stolen property, one third-degree felony count of conspiracy to commit a second-degree felony, and one petty misdemeanor charge of criminal damage to property.