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Recovered Items Remain Unclaimed, Piles Up in Storage Says Richland Police

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Many items are still in storage. Many items are still in storage.

RICHLAND, WA- A month ago police arrested a man in West Richland and found a large amount of stolen property, but unfortunately officers still have a lot of that stuff because the owners have not come by to claim it.

It all started when officers and swat members arrested a man at a house in West Richland.  After that, they were tipped off to other places full of stolen items.  It was so much stuff, the Richland Police Department ran out of space and is now renting storage rooms to hold the items.  There were two, but now they are condensing it down to just one.  

To get a better idea of how much stuff is in there, the storage unit they are using is 10 feet by 20 feet. 

The department said there are a few easy things people can do to prevent so much stolen property from piling up, like writing down serial numbers and taking pictures.

"If you write that down somewhere, you can start a file on your computer and spreadsheet, or whatever it happens to be to log that information...a make, a model, and a serial number. A digital photo with your cell phone is very helpful as well, that way we can make sure that if you are a victim of a theft or burglary, you've have a really high likelihood of getting your property back," said Captain Mike Cobb, Richland Police Department. 

Cpt. Cobb also said you can even make your own serial number on items as well.  For right now they will continue to keep the items in storage before they have to auction them off.  

If you believe some of these items could be yours, give the Richland Police Department a call at 509-942-7340.