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"Reclaim your stolen property" so says York police

"Reclaim your stolen property" so says York police

4:40pm 20th October 2010

York police are hoping to reunite a haul of stolen property with its rightful owners.

Individual images of 200 items which were recovered during Operation Maelstrom are now available to view on North Yorkshire Police’s Facebook page.

Over 150 cycles are among the collection of stolen goods, which also includes laptops, mini-motos, games consoles, chainsaws and a lawnmower.

Residents are invited to look through the images and contact police if they see an item that belongs to them.

Detective Constable Dave Burrell, of North Yorkshire Police’s Major Crime Unit, said:

“Operation Maelstrom has been very successful in apprehending people involved in crime throughout the City of York.

“During the operation we have managed to recover a large amount of stolen property which we would very much like to return to whoever it belongs to.

“I would urge people to have a look at the images on our Facebook page and contact us if they spot something they think might belong to them.”

The images can be accessed through the North Yorkshire Police website www.northyorkshire.police.uk/maelstrom which links directly to the Facebook page where the images are held.

Anyone who sees and item that belongs to them, should make a note of the image number and contact North Yorkshire Police on 0845 60 60 24 7 quoting Operation Maelstrom.

Posters are also being displayed around the city urging people to visit the site and identify any items that they recognise.

Operation Maelstrom

Operation Maelstrom is an ongoing police investigation targeting people involved in the handling of stolen property and related crime.

Over the past few months officers have been gathering intelligence and have  recovered over 300 items of stolen property throughout the City of York.

Much of the intelligence obtained has come from members of the community, who are an important source of information in helping police to identify offenders and deal with them effectively.

A number of people have been arrested and charged during the operation, and further suspects remain on police bail as enquiries continue.

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