Oregon police uncover fencing operation
Jan 11,2008 00:00
SALEM - Oregon authorities have uncovered a cache of stolen goods dating back to 1992 in one of the largest fencing operations in 25 years in Willamette Valley.
Ivan Cam of Gervais, Ore., was arrested by the Marion County Sheriff's Department Dec. 26 on charges that included delivering methamphetamine, The Statesman-Journal of Salem, Ore., reported.
Investigators have spent the days since his arrest poring over mounds of apparently stolen property stored on his Cam's 10-acre ranch.
"I would say we've got in the hundreds of thousands of dollars easily in stolen property," Marion County Sheriff Russ Isham was quoted by the newspaper as saying.
"I think a lot of people have come to know that as a place where they can go to take property and trade it for who knows what," he said. "You could pretty much put your order in for whatever it is that you wanted, and you could find it out there."
Salem Police detectives stumbled on the fencing operation while investigating a stolen car complaint, Salem police Lt. Dave Okada said.