Police Seek To Return Stolen Items To Owners 9-16-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Police Seek To Return Stolen Items To Owners 9-16-2010

Items stolen out of Mid-Michigan vehicles over the past several months are available for their owners to reclaim their property.
Two men have been arrested and charged in connection to the string of larcenies, and now police want to return several cameras, laptops, iPods and GPS units to their rightful owners.
Those are just a few of the things that thieves are looking to steal from a car. TV5's Jay Brandow talked with the Saginaw Police Chief Donald Pussehl about the thefts.
"They would go through a neighborhood and check to see if the car was locked," said Pussehl. "If it was, they moved on. If it wasn't, they took what they wanted."
What thieves are looking for are items they can easily carry and quickly sell for cash, sometimes just pennies on the dollar. Pussehl said too many people are not protecting themselves.
"They say 'It won't happen to me' [or] 'I live in a very nice neighborhood, bad things don't happen here,'" said Pussehl. [But] criminals are always looking for new territory."
A number of the stolen items have already been reclaimed by their owners, but there's still a pile of stuff waiting to be picked up.
Pussehl said if any of the items belongs to you, all you have to do to claim it is bring a receipt or some type of documentation stating that you own it and you can take it home.
Items like cameras, GPS systems and laptops that go unclaimed will be auctioned off at bargain prices.
Police said even if you don't have proper documentation to claim your property, many of the electronic devices contain information that will point to the rightful owner.
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