Stolen property looking for its owners

November 10, 2010 8:45:34 PM PST
It was a swindling operation in reverse in New Castle County, Delaware. Authorities are trying to give stolen items back to their rightful owners.

The wait was long, but for Jeremiah Burke it was worth it.

His wife's jewelry, including the pearls she wore on her wedding day, was among the loot recovered from two alleged serial burglars who police say targeted homes in the Greater Newark area.

Tables were packed with items including jewelry, laptops, digital cameras, and cigars at the Paul J. Sweeney Public Safety building in New Castle.

A broken ring is what eventually linked detectives to 19-year-old Amara Gumaneh and 20-year-old Kessellee Kanda. Police say the two are responsible for 40 burglaries in four months. Police located the stolen ring at a jewelry store back in October while investigating an unrelated crime.

A computer inquiry led police to the seller, Gumaneh.

"They were getting in unsecured first floor windows; they were also using lock picking devices," New Castle County Police Officer John Weglarz said.

Many looking for their stolen items left empty-handed. Even Burke, lucky to find the jewelry, can't help but be upset his laptop was not there only because of what was on it.

"My pictures from when my wife and I started dating until now, they were all on the computers and the camera," Burke said.

If you couldn't make it here, not to worry. You can call the New Castle County police to set something up at 302-395-8110.


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