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Posted: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 9:05 am

EPHRATA - A Web page is helping Grant County victims find their stolen property.

The Grant County Sheriff's Office created a Web page to display photos of stolen items in hopes of victims recognizing their belongings. The first set of pictures displays more than 50 items recovered during the recent arrest of a Quincy man.

Lamar J. Loomis, 35, was arrested for possession of stolen property in the first degree, according to the Grant County Sheriff's Office.

The Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team (INET) and deputies served search warrants at a home and storage buildings on Feb. 24 on Martin Road Northwest, about five miles northeast of Quincy.

Investigators allegedly found four stolen motorcycles and ATVs amongst numerous items, including irrigation pumps, generators and saws.

The sheriff's office posted photographs of the items thought to be stolen, and are receiving positive response from the public.

"There is a multitude of people calling. It's an over whelming response from the citizens," said Field Operations Chief Deputy Ken Jones. "We are fielding between 15 and 25 phone calls each day."

People are encouraged to visit the Web page and review the pictures. If a person sees an item belonging to them, they are asked to contact the sheriff's office by calling 509-754-2011 or 509-762-1160.

If possible, each person is asked to provide the date and time when filing a theft complaint and the serial number or other features to identify the item, according to the Web site.

The sheriff's office verifies ownership before releasing any item.

"We have had some success already with people looking at the pictures," Jones said. "The majority of the ATVs have been identified ... We have also established the ownership of the motorcycles."

The collection of photos can be found http://www.co.grant.wa.us/SHERIFF/HTM/SPR.htm" target= "_blank">here.

"It's wise for everybody to look at these photos to see if they match descriptions of things that were stolen," said Jones. "(The pictures) can be enlarged on the Web site."

Sheriff Tom Jones created this program to improve communication with citizens and to help people recover their property.

"It's a new concept and so far very successful," said Jones.

When they can disclose stolen property, they will add more information to the Web page, he added.

The photo identification helps the sheriff's office return defaced or altered property, such as things with serial numbers removed.

"We recommend people take the opportunity to take photographs of their property and mark their property ... it helps get the items back to people," Jones said.

The sheriff asks anyone with information about crime to call the office at 509-754-2011 or 9-1-1 when it's an emergency.

Information can also be sent by e-mail to crimetips@co.grant.wa.us. Tipsters can choose to remain anonymous.

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3 comments:

  • sushihen posted at 7:31 am on Fri, Feb 3, 2012.

    sushihen Posts: 2

    makes me angry that his father doesn't think that Lamar is doing anything wrong!! Duh... the boy needs help!!

     
  • fuzzyslippers posted at 12:57 pm on Wed, Mar 2, 2011.

    fuzzyslippers Posts: 17

    Our family has also been victims of this snake (my apologies to snakes), and I can't tell you how hurtful it's been. Our son had just died and 3 weeks later all his hard-earned (by making an honest living), well-cared for electronics were stolen. They haven't been recovered yet, however, but have an idea where they likely are.
    Great work by the Grant County Sheriff's Department! With all the meth labs, gang activity, metal being stolen, and just your everyday crimes, these men are honestly over-worked and to be honest, their stress levels must be maxed out. Let's all hope that when it comes time for sentencing, that our judges give them the maximum sentence. Being aware that our prisons/jails are full, their tasks aren't easy either. But once again, thank you to the sheriff's department. AND the new sheriff, who is on top of all this.

     
  • derekjamesduncan posted at 9:33 am on Wed, Mar 2, 2011.

    derekjamesduncan Posts: 7

    God bless the narcotics task force. These "tweakers" should be forced to do 10 years hard labor. People that dont work and just steal are the antichrist.