The completion last week of an undercover operation by the Iron County Sheriff’s Department has resulted in the recovery of a significant amount of stolen property taken in a rash of area break-ins.
Iron County deputies and Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers, along with members of the Ironton and Pilot Knob police departments, executed search warrants Friday at several locations for stolen property.
“We decided to initiate an undercover operation back in February of this year after receiving information that several local individuals were breaking into residences, storage sheds and garages,” Iron County Sheriff Roger Medley said. “As a result of the investigation, we applied for search warrants and were able to recover a large amount of stolen property from several places.
“At the present time, we have secured the items and have begun the long process of identifying, labeling and returning the property to the owners. Investigators will begin contacting people who have reported stolen property for identification. With the large amount of items recovered, we are also making arrangements for anyone who may have had items stolen but not reported to speak with an investigator.”
The next part of the operation, according to Medley, will be applying for arrest warrants on the suspects.
“I would like to thank all of our local law enforcement officers and agencies for their support and cooperation,” he said. “This shows the commitment our law enforcement agencies have to provide our communities with a safe and secure place to live.”
Kevin Jenkins is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3614 or firstname.lastname@example.org