Stolen Property Recovered In Trempealeau County

Dozens of victims from a large-scale theft case in Trempealeau County say they're happy to have their stolen items back. Today was the first day people were able to be reunited with their lawn ornaments and other yard decorations police say have been stolen by a suspect over several years in multiple counties.


Fox 25/48's Amanda Tyler has the story from Whitehall.


It was reunification story today for Ione Jacobsen. She says about a year ago someone stole a gazing ball from her yard in the Eleva area. The item was more than just a decoration.


"This was part of my husband's funeral memorial that we had left and I had left a gazing ball with it."


Ione was among dozens of people in Whitehall at a building owned by the sheriff's office today looking through hundreds of items stolen over several years in multiple counties by a suspect.


In late September, the Trempealeau County Sheriff's Office responded to a theft in the town of Arcadia. The victim in that case identified the suspect as someone who lived in Independence.


A search warrant of that person's home revealed thousands of stolen items. Police say the majority of them appeared to be from cemeteries and residential lawns over the last 2-3 years.


Investigators say the person eventually admitted to stealing items from cemeteries in Trempealeau, Buffalo, Jackson, and Pepin counties.


"It’s not something that any agency expects to walk into. We were expecting to walk in and find 10-15 things and it snowballed from there. It’s not a person you would expect."


People looking to reclaim stolen property have to have a case number filed with their local law enforcement agency.


The Independence Police Department says the suspect, who is not being identified at this time, is being referred to the district attorney's office for possible charges.


On top of today's pickup date there is an additional event being held here tomorrow from 12:30- 3:30 at this location in Whitehall. 


Amanda Tyler Fox 25/48 News at Nine.

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