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Johnson County Sheriff's Office staying busy recovering stolen items

PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Looking to make an easy buck...pawn shops across the region are staying busy taking in items they may not know are stolen. Sheriff's deputies in Johnson County say thieves prey on unsuspecting victims this time of year as deputies stay busy recovering precious items.

Deputies in Johnson County say burglars in their community are looking to make fast and easy cash. "A lot of our burglaries are resulting from crimes of opportunity. They come and see nobody is home, kick in the door and steal items...lots of guns right now and other items that are easy to pawn and get rid of," explains Chief Deputy Kevin Pelphrey.

Deputy Tim Clark says information from a witness in one of these cases allowed them to recover more than $2,000 worth of stolen items from a local pawn shop and a location in Lawrence County.

Items including a weed trimmer, electric hand tools, a saw, and a Harley Davidson motor...officials say all from a burglary last week.

Deputy Clark says, "It is great because we want to help these people get their stuff back. We go out of our way to investigate every lead and follow up with them."

Officials say there are ways to protect yourself in the event you fall victim to a burglary.

Pelphrey says, "Write down serial numbers and take photos of them. Save it on an SD card, take pictures of everything that has a serial number...TVs, guns, microwaves...anything."

Helping with your insurance and also allowing your stolen items to be tracked if sold at a pawn shop.

Deputy Clark says they have a person of interest in this particular burglary but are not yet releasing his name while both deputies and constable follow up on more leads in the case.

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