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Franklin sheriff using website so people can claim stolen items

Posted March 9, 2012

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— The Franklin County Sheriff's Office has put hundreds of pictures online to help people recover items stolen in a string of burglaries in three counties.

Deputies arrested Scottie Joe Hunter, 35, of 100 Perry Lane in Zebulon, late Monday after a search of his home turned up a cache of stolen goods.

Franklin County Sheriff Jerry Jones said the items are linked to burglaries in Franklin, Wake and Johnston counties as far back as 2008.

Investigators spent most of Tuesday cataloging the items and have put hundreds of photos of watches, jewelry, guns, power tools, flat-screen televisions, stereos, toys and other items on the sheriff's office website.

Jones said procedures are in place to ensure that anyone claiming items is the rightful owner.

Hunter has been charged with 28 counts of breaking and entering and 12 counts of larceny in Franklin County and one count each of felony larceny of a motor vehicle and larceny of a motor vehicle in Wake County.

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  • lucasd06 Mar 9, 2012

    umm....the flatscreen tvs are mine! ALL of them :)

  • GravyPig Mar 9, 2012

    Item #166 Plastic braceletts. Really? This guy just grabs whatever he can apparently. Hats off to the Franklin county Sheriffs office fro putting these items up. Some of these things may not be worth anything except to those they were taken from. Glad they have a chance to get them back.

  • alwayslovingu30 Mar 9, 2012

    difine criminals.A highway patrol car going from raleigh thru zebulon with no liscense plate.no id on the car at all an he doesnt get pulled,now who is the criminals

  • Rebelyell55 Mar 9, 2012

    You could that some items the people will have pictures of or the serial number, not a lot but some. This is one thing I learned years ago after a house fire. Take pictures of stuff to show what you have and the condition of it. If you have serial numbers, write em down and put in with the picture. Then place these in a safe deposit boxes or with relatives. That way you'll have it for insurance and police if needed.

  • Mr. Sensible Mar 9, 2012

    Have they stretched his neck yet.

  • judithfergerson Mar 9, 2012

    steel pens1 - perhaps folks will have photos of them with the items they claim are theirs. that is a way of identifying what is theirs. Good job for Wake and Franklin Counties for this discovery. No telling how long this guy has been playing this game of if it is yours now it is mine. but what I really don't understand is why the woman in the house was not charged - she was there and knew about all this. is that not aid and abetting to a crime?

  • tomfoolery Mar 9, 2012

    I call dib's on the '84 Reagan/ Bush election pin... This guy would steal dirty underwear if he got the chance! LOL

  • bigbr0ther Mar 9, 2012

    No matter what, your still going to have to be able to prove ownership of the item. They will ask for Serial #'s or photo proof of an item. They are not going to let someone come off the street and say "that was my John Deer lawn mower" Unfortunately most people do not have a record of their items serial numbers. So this items will likely be auctioned off.

  • ezLikeSundayMorning Mar 9, 2012

    Thanks to the Sherrif's Office for posting the pics. Nothing from my breakin, but it was worth a look.

  • msfitz0016 Mar 9, 2012

    Good for them,nice to see that these LEO's are reaching out to the people they serve and protect.

    You obviously don't LIVE in Franklin County.....

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