SAPD busts fencing ring, cracks down on stolen goods merchants

SAN ANTONIO — San Antonio police busted a fencing operation moving $50,000 in stolen goods. Officers said the merchandise was likely exchanged at a Mexican restaurant.

On Thursday afternoon, detectives walked Noemi Lopez-Padilla out of their Prue Road Substation. Lopez-Padilla, the co-owner of Camaron Pelado Seafood Grill, is accused in what the department is calling a large-scale and sophisticated operation.

“She was purchasing the stolen items for pennies on the dollar and then taking them and reselling them for a profit,” said Sgt. Jesse Salame, a spokesman with the department.

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