Stolen items recovered – Are they yours?

Between December 2 and 11, 2008, the Seattle Police Department’s Major Crimes Task Force (MTCF) uncovered a large crime organization involving at least 11 suspects who were committing various crimes including Burglary, Auto Theft, Car Prowl Thefts, Trafficking in Stolen Property and Drug Trafficking. Over the course of 10 days, MCTF detectives served multiple search warrants in the East, West and North precinct areas. Hundreds of suspected stolen items were recovered during the investigation, to include medical equipment, which was stolen in a car prowl in the north precinct area; this equipment is valued at over $1.4 million. Over the last 3 weeks MCTF detectives have been processing the recovered property. Based on the investigation, MCTF detectives confirmed the crimes were committed in the Seattle area as well as the city of Bellevue. This crime ring may have also impacted other jurisdictions.  MCTF detectives are now prepared to distribute photos of the recovered property for crime victims to view. Detectives have prepared a CD with over 500 photographs of the recovered property for local area news outlets to present to the public.

If a Seattle citizen was a victim of crime where property was stolen, and the crime occurred prior to December 11th, 2008 we would like them to view the photographs and attempt to identify their stolen property. A police report of the crime is necessary, along with documentation of ownership (i.e. purchase receipt, serial number, owner applied number etc.) The Seattle Police Department has established a message line for victims related to this investigation.  If an item is identified the citizens should call the Seattle Police Department at 206-684-4381. Citizens should leave a message that must include the following, their name, case number, a description of the stolen item and the item number from the photo they viewed.  Citizens may also email their name, police case number and a detailed description of their stolen property to pawn.goods@seattle.gov .  MCTF detectives will follow up on all information received in an effort to return these property items to their rightful owners.
 
South, West and North precincts have been provided with a Compact Disc of the stolen property. You may stop by one of the listed precincts during regular business hours, 9a.m. to 5 p.m., to view the disc.       

You should call the precinct before you stop by to ensure the disc is available.

South Precinct- 3001 South Myrtle St.- 206-386-1850
West Precinct – 810 Virginia St. – 206-684-8917
North Precinct- 10049 College Way N. -206-684-0850