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Henderson police unveil system to reunite owners with stolen items

By Craig Huber

November 26, 2014

Police often recover stolen items they have no way to return. They simply have no idea to whom the items belong.

Henderson police said two people they arrested last week were accused of car burglaries over the course of six months.

According to police, Jessica Strong, 28, and Bryan Richee-Wilinski, 34, were identified as the two suspects in a string of car break-ins that appeared to have started in May.

The Henderson Police Department is hoping to change that with a new property inventory system. Police are encouraging people to register their big-ticket items with the program, called Operation ReportIt.

"It allows you to track your serial numbers, or if you want to take photos [or provide] receipts, you can scan it into this computer program," Sgt. Sean Simoneau with the Henderson Police Department said.

Simoneau said most people don't know the serial numbers of their electronic items.

"If we have a serial number, we can backtrack that and find out where your items are and get back to you, and also in turn make some arrests," he said.

The systems keeps records of valuables in a secure online directory, and it's free.

On Friday, officers will demonstrate the system at the Best Buy store on Marks Street near Galleria at Sunset.

Officers said they have a truckload of stolen property they are unable to return because serial numbers can't be traced.


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