Friday, November 19, 2010
Grandpa's pocket watch, worn with age. The rhinestone necklace from 8th grade graduation back when girls wore dresses to school. Strings of pearls, real and faux. The bead necklace that was the exact color of your dress. The giant polished rock broach from Uncle Ben, the rockhound. Pretty boxes filled with costume jewelry that has been in your jewelry box for so long, you have forgotten you owned it.
The Shoreline Police filled half a room with these treasures, left over from the storage locker in Monroe of a serial burglar arrested at the end of October.
"This was the stuff he didn't want," said Shoreline Police Detective Cary Coblantz. "He wanted jewelry where he could pry out the precious stones and fence them, and melt down the gold and silver for sale."
The police also have a large collection of bags and backpacks. The burglar would take whatever was available in the home and use it to carry out the jewelry and other small items.
"This person was a professional burglar," said Coblantz. "It was his job. He would go out every day and burglarize a residence or business."
A gun case found in the storage locker has been linked to a burglary in Lynnwood in 2003.
If you have been burglarized or had your car prowled in the last eight years, in a home or business from Shoreline to Woodinville, those golf clubs, guitars, collectible dolls, ornamental swords, and bicycles are probably yours.
"We have the evidence to charge this person in three burglaries, so we don't really need to link the property to specific crimes for that reason," said Det. Coblantz. "We just want to get people's property back to them."
Photos of some of the recovered property are online. The Guest password: Shoreline - is case sensitive.
Contact Det. Coblantz at 206-801-2746 if you think some of this property may be yours.