Sheriff turns to social media to return stolen property

Sheriff turns to social media to return stolen property

Missing your favorite piece of jewelry or maybe a sentimental pin? The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is using social media to try to return more than 50 items to their rightful owners.

The Sheriff’s Office received the items after investigating a suspicious vehicle. The suspect lied to the deputy about who she was and was vague when asked where all the items came from, leading the deputy to think the items–including jewelry, purses, pins, even a sword–were stolen.

The pictures were posted to the department’s Facebook page, and say because the items are all specific enough, there’s a good chance they can be reunited with their owners. They say social media is an extremely helpful tool for them to get the word out in instances like this.

“In this case, the detective or deputy would have to have some type of way of identifying the items,” explained Deputy Mark Gregory. “We’re not going to release it to the first person who calls up and says it’s theirs, we’re going to look into that just like we would in any other investigation and make sure the property is correctly released to the rightful owner.”

To take a look at the items, visit the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page. If you recognize an item as yours, have filed a theft report, and can prove ownership, call Deputy Streltzoff at 509-464-8565.