Olympia police: Bring proof to claim stolen items

OlympianMarch 4, 2014 

Olympia police are reminding the public about requirements for claiming stolen goods that were recently seized from an alleged burglary ring.

Only people who provide case numbers or case reports from local law enforcement will be allowed to view items during an upcoming “evidence open house,” which will run 9-11 a.m. and 4-6 p.m. March 10 and March 12 at City Hall, 601 Fourth Ave. E.

Those who attend must bring a valid photo ID, along with proof of ownership and a written description for any stolen items. Proof of ownership includes receipts, insurance policies and claims, serial numbers, photos of the property, unique identifiers such as engraved initials, etc.

According to police, people will not be allowed to browse for items at the open house, and all property will be photographed with the person who claims it. Property from vehicle prowls is not included.

Police report that the stolen property is linked to at least 28 burglaries committed between November 2013 and February 13 in Thurston County. The latter date marks the arrest of a Lacey man and 10 suspected accomplices in the suspected organized burglary ring.

Confiscated items include jewelry, firearms, coins and electronics.

To learn more, call the Olympia Police Department at 360-709-2789.

Andy Hobbs: ahobbs@theolympian.com

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