The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office gave theft victims the chance to take a look at nearly $100,000 worth of stolen items recovered during a burglary investigation earlier this month to see if any of it was theirs.
The floor of a warehouse owned by the county was filled with recovered property ranging from tires to guns and more.
Nearly 400 people stopped by to take a look.
“I was hoping I’d see some of them, but the things they took are pretty easy to get rid of,” said Thomas Stout, theft victim.
Stout brought his police report with him. It’s seven pages long with everything that was stolen from his family.
Stout didn’t have any luck finding his property, but for others, the outcome was more positive.
“We did have some equipment stolen, and it could possibly be down here and here it is in one piece,” said Joey Wallaker, theft victim.
With a quick check of a serial number, Wallaker was able to take home his stolen snow broom. It’s used to clear off the sidewalks at New Market Square and worth nearly $6,000.
“I feel like I won the lottery there for a second,” Wallaker said.
The chance to look at all the property even drew in law enforcement from other parts of Kansas.
Erik King is the Udall Police Chief and said his city has been uneasy after a stem of burglarlies.
“We’ve seen some items that could possibly be matches, but we don’t have any serial numbers on those item,” King said. “The items that we do have serial numbers on are not here that we’re finding.”
The tough part for some, though, was providing proof that it was indeed their property. The sheriff’s office required photos, documents, police reports or serial numbers to match the items with their owners.
“Take a few minutes, walk around your house and video tape everything,” said Lt. Tim Myers with the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office. “Get the serial numbers and that way you’ll have that in the future.”
For Wallaker, the future is already looking brighter.
“It makes everybody feel better when they get their stolen items back, and it’s that feeling that they weren’t violated as much,” Wallaker said.
For more information about the recovered property and the case, contact the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office at 316-660-5318.
Ten people have been arrested in connection to the burglary investigation. Officials said the property recovered was taken sometime between the end of 2018 and the beginning of 2019.