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Detectives Seek Owners of Recovered Stolen Property
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 18, 2015
CONTACT: Shari Ireton, Director of Communications, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office
firstname.lastname@example.org, 425-388-3377, Media line: 425-249-6263
EVERETT, Wash. – Detectives with the North Snohomish County Property Crimes Unit are hoping to reunite a large cache of recovered stolen property with its rightful owners. The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office has posted the recovered items, which include a laptop, jewelry, cattle horns, and car keys, on the agency’s Instagram account.
The property was recovered after detectives served a warrant on 40 year-old Jesse Averhart on December 16, who was staying a Marysville hotel. Averhart had an outstanding Department of Correction warrant and is a suspect in an identity theft case. When detectives entered the hotel room to take Averhart into custody, they found the room full of miscellaneous stolen property, as well as evidence of financial fraud (including identity theft and forgery).
Averhart was booked into the Marysville City Jail on the outstanding warrants. Other charges are pending the results of the detective’s investigation.
“Property crimes directly impact our communities, creating a threat to our sense of security and the quality of life,” said Detective Glen DeWitt. “Getting some of these items back to the people they were stolen from is a small step in restoring the public’s feeling of safety.”
The North County Property Crimes Unit was launched early in 2015 as collaboration between the Sheriff’s Office and the police departments of Marysville, Lake Stevens, and Stillaguamish Tribe. The unit is comprised of property crime detectives from each agency, with support from the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Together with a crime analyst, they collaborate to track down and prosecute the most prolific thieves in the county. The unit focuses on crimes such as burglary, major theft, fraud, and trafficking in stolen property, as well as crimes that stem from these types of incidents. The unit operates out of the Marysville Police Department.
If you think the property is yours, please contact Det. DeWitt (email@example.com). Proof of ownership will be required to reclaim the property.