A 34-year-old Lacey man and 10 of his accomplices were arrested last week on suspicion of several charges, including trafficking in stolen property, burglary and theft.
The criminal investigation, which started as a case of identity theft, was led by the Olympia Police Department. It also included assistance from law enforcement in Lacey and Tumwater, as well as the Thurston County Sheriff's office and the Thurston County Prosecutor's office.
The team recovered stolen jewelry, firearms, coins and electronics related to 28 burglaries. Large quantities of oxycodone also were seized, according to an Olympia Police Department news release.
They also found a smelting pot thought to have been used to melt down stolen gold jewelry and jewelry settings.
The investigation is the result of a new regional crime meeting that began in January. Each month, law enforcement leaders gather to identify crime trends that cross jurisdictional boundaries.
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