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Public Can Claim Recovered Stolen Property

The recovered stolen items will be on display this week at the North Precinct of the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators with the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office have recovered about $20,000 of the $50,000 in stolen property taken by a ring of thieves (see story).

The stolen items include an assortment of at least 20 firearms (rifles, shotguns and handguns), laptops, gaming systems, X-box consoles, Playstations and hand-held video games. Small electronics and firearms were the main focus of the thieves, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Victims of a burglary who have not recovered their property will be given the opportunity to do so.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, May 17 and 18, from 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., the recovered items will be displayed in the conference room at the North Precinct in Central Park located at 2310 Keith Bridge Road.

"We're going to put all this property out, in the conference room, and let people come look at it with the investigators there," said Major Dan Jagoe. "If they can identify and they feel confident that it is their property, we'll make arrangements to get it back to them."

The Sheriff's Office suggests that you bring proof of ownership, like receipts, serial numbers, photographs or the case number if a burglary report was filed.

"Our intent is to get this property back to the rightful owner, however, the only way we can do that is if they can show some type of ownership," said Investigator Martin White.

During a press conference on Friday, Sgt. Scott Wilson of the Criminal Investigations Division said, "It's very rare we have a recovery of this magnitude, that we get this much property back to people. Our main goal is to get the property back when we investigate these things."

The Sheriff's Office suggests residents make an inventory of their personal belongings by documenting serial numbers, taking photographs and keeping receipts of items purchased in a safe and secure place.

"If something does come up stolen and it's entered as stolen on the national computer and if somebody pawns it or does something with it--then we can be alerted to that," said Sgt. Wilson. "It helps us out tremendously."

For more information on the stolen items recovered in these string of burglaries, send an e-mail to Investigator Martin White or call 770-886-2800 ext. 3327.

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