BEECH GROVE, Ind. (WISH) - Some of the stolen loot connected to a string of Shelbyville car thefts was found Friday night in an unlikely place.
Employees at a local surplus store in Beech Grove opened up their dumpster and found purses, phones and even a saxophone.
They called police who quickly realized it was the stolen property from nine car breaks in Shelbyville, most from cars at the Indiana Grand Casino and some even from the parking lot at Shelbyville High School.
Officers were able to contact the victims who came to claim their belongings, but obviously money and more valuable items were still missing.
Beech Grove Officer Matt Bragg responded to the call and was able to figure out where the dumpster items came from. He said it wasn't hard to price together.
“When I started going through the merchandise a lot of the items that were left in the purse there was some personal information that came back to Shelbyville addresses. There were actually a couple from Muncie and Anderson, too,” he said. “But my first instinct was to contact the Shelbyville Police Department and then once they started adding up, all these people were victims of larceny of vehicles, it just made sense that this was a central location.”
Police are now getting surveillance video from the area near the dumpster.
They say they're confident, with team work and say they'll be able to catch the smash and grab suspects.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Shelbyville Police Department at 317-392-5106.
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