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Gustine man busted for selling stolen goods at garage sale, deputies say

GUSTINE -- A 37-year-old Gustine man was arrested on suspicion of burglary this week, after Merced County Sheriff’s deputies and police learned that he was allegedly selling stolen goods at a garage sale.

Raymond Luna was taken into custody after deputies served a warrant at his home on the 900 block of South Avenue.

Sheriff's spokesman Tom MacKenzie said deputies began investigating Luna after Gustine police received a tip that he was selling stolen goods out of his home on the weekend.

Gustine police and deputies began following leads and arrived at Luna's home around 2 p.m on Sunday. Items from at least 10 different victims were found in Luna's home, MacKenzie said. The items included an all-terrain vehicle, tools, hunting gear, clothes and big screen televisions.

Deputies returned to Luna's home Wednesday and served a second search warrant, finding even more stolen goods. MacKenzie said the stolen items were valued at $30,000.

MacKenzie said investigators believe the items came from several locations in the Gustine area, including a mini-storage facility, where several units were broken into.

Deputies hope to return all of the items to their original owners within the upcoming weeks.

Luna was booked into the Merced County Jail on suspicion of burglary. He has since posted his $15,000 bail.

Reporter Victor A. Patton can be reached at (209) 385-2431 or vpatton@mercedsun-star.com.

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