Viewing allows burglary victims to claim property

January 5, 2011 • Local News

Officers of the Roswell Police Department confiscated some $33,000 in [auth] stolen goods since Dec. 30. Many items came from the burglaries of two full units at Storage Nest, 1202 W. Hobbs St.

“Two detectives were serving an arrest warrant when they smelled marijuana, “ said Officer Travis Holley, spokesman for the Roswell Police Department.

“This got them into the house and they recognized some of the items from burglaries they were investigating.” A total of three search warrants have been served, netting eight truck-and-trailer loads of stolen items. “According to our officers, the subjects fully furnished their home and the only thing left after the warrants was their clothes,” he said.

Police suspect the confiscated goods come from a number of different burglaries. “They don’t even know how many burglaries are represented,” Holley said. RPD will hold a viewing of these items where victims of burglaries can come and claim their property on Jan. 17 and 18 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at their warehouse in the Unity Center, 1500 W. College Boulevard in Cielo Grande Park. “Some victims have already claimed their property,” Holley said.

“This is what we have left.” Victims who have made a report should bring a copy to the viewing. However, the viewing is open to anyone who has lost property as the result of a burglary — not only those who have reported one. To claim property, though, the individual will need to bring some sort of proof, photographs of the items, receipts, or other documentation. “People should provide positive identification — something that will satisfy our detectives,” said Holley.

Officers will be available to take information to file a report at that time. Unclaimed items will eventually be destroyed. “Storage is always a problem for us,” Holley said. “You wouldn’t believe how many guns we saw off.”

Officials urge people who have information about the Storage Nest burglaries, or any burglaries, contact Crime Stoppers 1-888-594-TIPS (8477). Callers will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward.

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