4 arrested, dugs seized, stolen property recovered in West Whittier after anonymous tip

WEST WHITTIER — An anonymous tip left through the Crime Stoppers program led deputies to make four arrests, seize methamphetamine and recover a stolen car and about $30,000 worth of suspected stolen goods Wednesday from a home in unincorporated West Whittier, authorities said.
Alejandro Salmones, a 37-year-old probationer who who lived at the house where the bust was made, was booked on suspicion possession of methamphetamine for sales, possession of stolen property and possession of a handgun while in possession of drugs, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sgt. Anthony Romo said.
Three others were also arrested when officials followed up on a tip and carried out a probation compliance check at Salmones’ home in the 10400 block Cliota Street, the sergeant said.
Stefanie Rios, 25, of La Puente and Chasen Nino, 25, of Pico Rivera were booked on suspicion of possession of a stolen car, Romo said. Nino was a wanted parolee.
Anthony Velasquez, 35, Rosemead, was booked on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine.
The Wednesday morning bust was the result of an anonymous tip left with Crime Stoppers last month, officials added.
“The tip was that they were selling narcotics and exchanging stolen merchandise,” Romo said.
Deputies discovered about eight grams of methamphetamine and about $30,000 worth of suspected stolen goods at the home, Romo said, in addition to the stolen car Rios, Nino and Velasquez drove to the house.
Investigators are now working to reunite the stolen goods, including items such as computer equipment, electronics and tools, with their rightful owners.
Those who have had property stolen in the area can call the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station at 562-949-2421 to see if their belongings may be among those recovered Wednesday, Romo said.
He added that it is always a good idea to place identifying markings on valuable items and write down their serial numbers for easy identification in case of theft.
The Crime Stoppers tip line can be reached at 888-222-8477.
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