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Theft of Construction Tools Leads to Charges, Arrest

2 Napans, 1 Vallejo man under suspicion of burglary, possession of stolen property after Napa Police investigation.

Two men and a woman are under suspicion by Napa Police in the theft in mid-January of construction tools out of a vehicle parked at Napa High.

Charges of burglary and possession of stolen property have been filed against Mitchell Busse, 29, of Vallejo and Christopher Tello, 25 of Napa.  Sandra Kennedy, 34 of Napa was arrested on Friday, but it was not immediately clear whether charges were filed against her in the incident.                    

According to police, detectives on Jan. 28 received information from the victim of a vehicle burglary that occurred in the parking lot of Napa High in mid-January that a Christopher Tello may be responsible for the taking of construction tools from his vehicle.

Detectives did some research into this information and learned that officers had previously executed a drug search warrant at Tello’s residence in the 200 block of Hartle Court a day after the burglary.

At that time, Officers noticed numerous construction tools in Tello’s residence, but were not able to confirm if the items had been stolen. The tools were photographed and left at Tello’s residence.

Detectives took these pictures of the tools and showed them to the victim of the vehicle burglary. The victim positively identified some of the tools.

On Jan. 29, detectives obtained and served a search warrant for Tello’s home.

A construction radio/stereo stolen from the victim's vehicle was located at Tello’s rsidence. Detectives interviewed Tello and he admitted to the burglary of the vehicle with the assistance of Busse and Kennedy.  

Detectives obtained a search warrant for the home of Busse and Kennedy in the 100 block of Dartmouth Avenue in Vallejo.

On Friday, detectives served the warrant on Busse and Kennedy’s residence. Kennedy was the only person home. Detectives found numerous types of tools belonging to the original victim as well as other victims. Kennedy was arrested and booked into Napa County Department of Corrections.

On Saturday, Busse was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped by a Napa County Sheriff Deputy in the area of Highway 29 and Rio Del Mar. Detectives went to this location and contacted Busse, who refused to talk to detectives.

Charges have been filed with the Napa County District Attorney’s Office against Tello and Busse for burglary and possession of stolen property.

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Anita D'Groin February 06, 2013 at 01:50 AM
I am very pleased to hear that the victim will get his tools back, that the thieves have been caught, and hopefully they will be prosecuted. Perhaps because the victim was a well known teacher and found access to the media helped his cause? About a year ago I too was the victim of a break-in of my work van, and tools valued at $2400 were stolen. I contacted the Napa police department. They would not send an officer to my home, nor would they even take a report from me. They just gave me the address of an online website to leave my report on - that's it. There was no follow up of any sort.
Candy Capone February 06, 2013 at 07:23 PM
Its discouraging that people dont have the slightest indescression when it comes to stealing the trade tools of a working man. The tools are his bread and butter. Who knows, the robber may just as well take the food from the mouth of the working mans child. All the energy that some criminals put into masterminding and executing their plans is totally misdirected. Not to sympathize, but it is impossible to get any legitimate employment with a mark on your record. Seems that desperation is not inspiration enought to pursue a mainstream occupation, but as thhe driving forcce behind many criminal acts, it also traps the individual into a system of limited options and dependance on state funded services I dont know if these people do work or wanted to work a real job, but now they really wont be able to. All Hail the Wonderous and Powerful Google!

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