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Crime Trackers: Sheriff's detectives show off stolen loot

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TUCSON - Some stolen loot needs to be returned to its rightful owners, the only problem is Pima County Sheriff's Detectives don't know who they are.

A week ago, detectives served a search warrant in Avra Valley after a burglary victim's friend spotted a silver Nissan pickup truck at Ina Road and Thornydale Road.

They recognized the vehicle after it was seen being parked in front of the victim's house three weeks ago over a neighbor's surveillance video. The friend called the victim. She got in her car and spotted the truck. The victim called 911.

Marana Police Department pulled the truck over. They found the victim's jewelry inside, along with a gun with a silencer that was stolen in 2010.

Many more items were seized from the mobile home.

Those items were on display at the Pima County Sheriff's Department on Tuesday. Detectives selected unique items that the public might recognize.

Detective Hans Goritz is the lead investigator on the case. He pointed to Navy medals, and a picture in hopes of finding the decorated veteran's family.

He said there was a plethora of jewelry that included high end watches, such as Bvlgari, Rolex, and a Movado.

In the sea of time pieces, Dr. Jeffery Loomer is hoping one of them is his. 

β€œIt was a Patek Philippe watch that my father had left me when he passed away 23 years ago," he said. "It was a present my mother had given him.”

Dr. Loomer was burglarized 5 years ago. They stole two safes. One of the safes contained guns and ammunition. The other safe contained jewelry, cash and personal information.

β€œI had to change all of my banking information for my medical practice, and credit card terminal," he said. "It was really a nightmare.”

PCSD also seized trading cards and mountain bikes, including one made by Cannondale, during the search warrant.


They also found family photos, some dating back to the turn of the century, an antique lighter, a lot of coins and an Arizona Department of Corrections badge.

Detective Goritz said there was so much stuff that it's impossible to give a dollar amount.

All the stolen items came from the home of Troy Bethell and Elaina Berlick. Both remain in the Pima County Jail. 

Bethell has a $50,000 bond. He's charged with burglary, theft, being a prohibitive possessor, and operating a chop shop.

Berlick is on a $75,000 bond. She faces burglary, theft, and drug charges.

Anyone who recognizes any of the items can show up at the Pima County Sheriff's Department next Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. with their burglary case number or you can call Detective Goritz at 351-6259.

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