Public may be able to recover stolen items after big bust

Public may be able to recover stolen items after big bust

ST. LOUIS – If items were stolen from homes you were renovating this year, you may be able to get at least some of the items back.

Police detectives have recently recovered more than 800 pieces of property taken in numerous burglaries.

About 150 to 200 stolen items have already been returned to their owners, police say, but many remain. Anyone who thinks some of those are their property can contact the Third District Detective Bureau at recoveredproperty@slmpd.org

Capt. Ryan Cousins said it was unusual that police would recover so much stolen property, because thieves typically sell stolen merchandise quickly. In this case, both suspects had hundreds of items listed for sale online, police said.

Some of the 800 stolen goods recovered by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. Photo courtesy of SLMPD
Some of the 800 stolen goods recovered by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. Photo courtesy of SLMPD
Officers executed search warrants at two homes and took two people into custody. Neither has been charged in the burglaries yet, because the investigation is ongoing, but one of the subjects is being held on unrelated charges.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that detectives believe the thieves monitored the homes, waited until dark, and took hundreds of items that included stained glass windows, lawn mowers, generators and many other things. Details of the crimes were announced Monday.

Most of the homes were in south St. Louis city and county. Investigators say they were easy targets because no one was home at night.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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