MARTINEZ -- After weeks of searching, detectives from the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office arrested a man in connection with a February burglary at a charity store.

Martinez resident Jason Crites, 38, faces charges of burglary and felony vandalism after he was arrested Friday on suspicion of taking numerous items, gifts and equipment from the charity Christmas for Everyone, located in the 1800 block of Shell Avenue.

Though it is unclear just when Crites burglarized the business, deputy sheriffs responded to take a burglary report Feb. 25, according to the sheriff's office.

A deputy sheriff and a crime scene investigator attempted to lift fingerprints but could not because of the surfaces, sheriff's spokesman Jimmy Lee said. The area surrounding the store was canvassed and investigators followed up on the report and later identified Crites as the suspect.

Crites, who was arrested Friday afternoon, was booked into County Jail in Martinez and is being held in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Also Friday evening, detectives served a search warrant at a residence in the 4200 block of Via De Flores in Martinez. There, detectives recovered more than 30 items that were stolen from the warehouse. The items were returned to the store's operator.

It is unclear if Crites lived at the residence detectives searched.


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At the home, detectives also found other items that may be linked to another burglary case, but Lee did not elaborate.

The investigation is ongoing.

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