Burglary victims to use photo-sharing to get items back

Staff writerAugust 13, 2013 

King County law enforcement agencies will use an online photo-sharing network to reunite victims with hundreds of items seized Aug. 6 in a South Hill storage unit.

“They have tons of backpacks and bins and bags filled with jewelry, costume jewelry and other items,” detective Jason Stanley, a King County sheriff’s spokesman, said Tuesday. “They’ll do a big, coordinated effort to have people claim their stuff.”

Sammamish police, in a joint operation with Bellevue police, arrested a man and woman, both 26, who had been living in Tacoma-area hotels in connection with the thefts. The two are expected to be charged with residential burglary, theft and possession of stolen property.

The burglaries took place in swath of the Northwest stretching from Marysville to Tigard, Ore., including the Tacoma area and elsewhere in Pierce County, police said.

Law enforcement officers found jewelry, silver, sports memorabilia and personal photos and documents, in addition to a bag with a soldier’s Purple Heart and Bronze Star military medals.

Stanley said about 60 victims are being contacted by telephone and asked for email account addresses.

“Then they’ll email photographs of the stolen items to a Photobucket account,” Stanley said.

After sorting out the claims, Stanley said, “They’ll have everybody come in on the same day and pick up their things.”

Photos of the unclaimed items then will be sent to a different Photobucket account and released to the general public for identification and claims, Stanley said. That’s not likely to take place before September, he said.

Rob Carson: 253-597-8693 rob.carson@thenewstribune.com

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