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Crime Trackers: Burglary victims reunited with stolen goods

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TUCSON - The Pima County Sheriff's Department held a swap meet of sorts on Tuesday, March 17, for burglary victims.

Several weeks ago, one victim spotted a pickup truck on the northwest side. She recognized it from a neighbor's surveillance video and called 9-1-1. From there, Marana police pulled the truck over and the police found the victim's jewelry inside.

Detectives served a search warrant at a mobile home, in Avra Valley and uncovered even more.

Now, they're matching those items with their rightful owners.

The swap meet took place in the parking lot of the Property and Evidence section. Thousands and thousands of stolen items were on display.

Over 100 people showed up to view the items, including Angela Soto. She was burglarized in the city in 2012. 

“I found the top of a jewelry box,” she said.

Tucson Police burglary detectives were also on hand. 

“Some of the victims are from our jurisdiction as well so we are here trying to assist them in recovering the stolen items,” Detective Kenneth Leikem said.

Gil Perry's mother was an antique dealer and gave them many items throughout the years. She's been gone for a while, so when thieves took some of those items, Jean and Gil were devastated.

“You think about these things, and your heart breaks, and some of them they don't mean anything to anybody else but they meant a lot to you,” said Jean Perry.

They were among the lucky ones. They found jewelry, silverware, an antique chest they had a picture of and antique serving pieces also from his mother. 

“It's really a one of a kind piece it's just really special,” said Gil Perry.

Ellen Sidor is a stone carver. Three months of her work was stolen. 

“I thought I'd never see any of it," said Sidor. "It's wonderful. The Pima County Sheriff's Department should be congratulated. My house was broken into twice in 2012.”

Detective Hans Goritz said the items come from 50 to 100 burglaries. Some date back to 2008. He says it's one of the largest hauls of stolen items found.

“I've seen some people tearing up and crying today a lot of joy and satisfaction closure that they are able to get their stuff back,” said Gortiz.

The victims aren't getting their items back right away because of the court proceedings that follow.

The items that go unclaimed by the end of the exchange will be held for another 30 days. After that, anyone can bid on the items at propertyroom.com.

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