RALEIGH — The man charged last month with having $250,000 worth of stolen hardware and other merchandise was selling it at a flea market on Rock Quarry Road, according to a search warrant.
The warrant, made public Tuesday, listed 1,904 items that police found at the home of Edgar Armando Alvarez, including six vehicles. There were multiples of almost everything on the list; one line, for example, listed 93 hammers.
Police arrested Alvarez, 38, early on the morning of April 19 and said then that they believed he had $200,000 to $300,000 worth of goods. Police said they stopped him after he had accepted a “controlled delivery” of stolen merchandise and paid cash for it.
They searched his rented home at 3609 Cove Drive that night, the warrant shows.
Alvarez is charged with organized retail theft, possession of stolen goods and receiving stolen goods, and has a court hearing on May 12, according to state records.
According to the warrant application that Detective T.D. Maddocks gave a magistrate, a “cooperating defendant” told police that Alvarez heads a group of people who steal from retail stores.
The criminals would steal the merchandise from local stores, and then sell the items to Edgar Armando Alvarez for a set price per item, Maddocks stated.
At the time of the arrest, police said the items came largely from Lowe’s Home Improvement and Home Depot stores. Most of the inventory listed tools and shop supplies, but there also was an array of electronics and over-the-counter medicines such as Alka-Seltzer and Prilosec.
Maddocks said the informant said Alvarez normally bought merchandise at his house, then took it to Watson’s Flea Market at 1436 Rock Quarry Road.
Along with the tools and other goods, police took away a Volkswagen Beetle, a Buick Park Avenue, a Chevrolet van, a Dodge minivan, a Toyota pickup truck and an unregistered Ford Expedition, the inventory said.