Theft Victims Search For Stolen Items At Jasper County Sheriff's - KOAM TV 7

Theft Victims Search For Stolen Items At Jasper County Sheriff's Department


Burglary victims get a chance to claim stolen goods today in Jasper County. The Jasper County Sheriff's Department opened it's doors to more than $20,000 dollars worth of stolen items to be recovered.

This may look like some sort of flea market, but these people aren't shoppers. They are here at the Jasper County Sheriff's Office to try and recover stolen items. Enough to fill over two full storage units recovered a few weeks ago in Joplin and Webb City.
"Burglary's probably happen quite a bit, but not to this magnitude," said Jasper County Sheriff Captain Derek Walrod.

Melissa Kelly is an Arkansas resident who was in Seneca just before Christmas when her car got broken into. She filed a police report about her missing ATV gear. When the Seneca Police Chief called to say they found the person responsible she drove up from Arkansas to try and find her missing items. 

 "Just crossing my fingers that I might find some of it," Kelly said.
And she did. After shifting through $20,000 dollars worth of stolen goods she found her stolen helmet and tire compressor. But not all of these burglary victims have been so lucky.

Stephanie Gregory lives in Carterville. She says items like her step father's custom gun and Korean War Medals were stolen from her storage shed. Despite her best efforts, she leaves empty handed, but not without hope.
"It's there somewhere if somebody bought it from them or anything. I would just love to have the gun and the medals, everything else,  I could probably be set, but those things I can't replace," Gregory said.
According to the Jasper County Sheriff's Department the lesson to be learned here is to make sure to itemize every single thing that you own, that way if something ever gets taken, it will be that much easier to get it back.

"A lot of people don't think it will happen to them so they don't mess with writing down the numbers and then when it does, we have people who show up here and aren't sure if it's their property," Walrod said.

Which is why the Sheriff's Department asks theft victims bring in the police report with stolen items listed. And for those who did not yet make it out, there's still hope. The sheriff's office will be open to the public again on Thursday between 9 and 3 for those looking to take back what is theirs.

According to the Sheriff's Department all of the thefts occurred between June and December of 2013. The Department won't say who is behind the burglaries, just that they have one person in custody. It is not sure if anyone else was involved at this time. 


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