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Sheriff’s Department invites public to view $250K worth of recovered stolen items

Victims who lost items to thieves are invited to a public viewing of recovered stolen property — estimated to be worth around $250,000 — on Friday and Saturday in Kearny Mesa.

The viewing is being hosted by county sheriff’s officials who hope to return the property to its rightful owners. The items included electronics, tools and other household items that were stolen from storage units and construction sites in Encinitas, Jamul and Alpine.

Detective Paul Oules said the items were recovered in early November when detectives executed a search warrant at a storage facility in Santee.

Oules said the suspect is still outstanding, and it is unclear if the thefts were committed by an individual or a crime ring.

Anyone claiming property is asked to provide a sheriff’s case number, prove their name is on the item or show a receipt with the item’s serial number.

If the property owner did not report the stolen item but can prove it belongs to them, a sheriff’s official will take a report.

Those who cannot prove the item is theirs can also give a name and phone number to sheriff’s officials and a deputy will contact them later, officials said.

The viewings will be held at a sheriff’s building at 5590 Overland Ave. in San Diego on Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The items will be displayed in the ICP building, which houses Sheriff’s Investigations, the Crime Lab, and Property and Evidence.

Officials say those who plan to attend the event should enter the County Operations Center campus from Chesapeake Drive. The building is on the northwest side of the building, south of the gas pumps.

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