Victims of multi-county theft ring recover stolen items

Victims of multi-county theft ring recover stolen items

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Owners of thousands of dollars worth of stolen items were able to reclaim them Wednesday in Meigs County. Owners of thousands of dollars worth of stolen items were able to reclaim them Wednesday in Meigs County.
Michael and Winter Kirby are charged with the thefts. (source: Monroe County Sheriff's Office) Michael and Winter Kirby are charged with the thefts. (source: Monroe County Sheriff's Office)
"In my 22 years, I have never seen this magnitude of stolen property in one place. It's the most stolen property I've seen in my career," said Det. Capt. Scott Webb with the Madisonville Police Department. "In my 22 years, I have never seen this magnitude of stolen property in one place. It's the most stolen property I've seen in my career," said Det. Capt. Scott Webb with the Madisonville Police Department.
Investigators say this may be only the beginning of the stolen property. They believe more could be found as the investigation continues. Investigators say this may be only the beginning of the stolen property. They believe more could be found as the investigation continues.
"We really didn't expect to get the items back, but it's amazing that they got all this stuff recovered and people are getting their stuff back," said Chuck Mullins. "We really didn't expect to get the items back, but it's amazing that they got all this stuff recovered and people are getting their stuff back," said Chuck Mullins.

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

DECATUR (WATE) - Thousands of dollars worth of stolen items are being returned to their owners after a theft ring spanning several counties was busted.

"In my 22 years, I have never seen this magnitude of stolen property in one place. It's the most stolen property I've seen in my career," said Det. Capt. Scott Webb with the Madisonville Police Department.

In all, the stolen merchandise is worth almost a half a million dollars.

"I know of at least 25 to 30 burglaries that have been solved through this case," said Webb. "A lot of them in Monroe County. A lot in McMinn. At least one or two in Bradley County."

The inclusion of Polk, Hamilton and Meigs makes six counties hit by thefts.

Now those victims are getting those stolen items back. They include everything from jewelry and power tools, to furniture and major appliances. Chuck Mullins of Madisonville was one of the victims reunited with his property.

"We really didn't expect to get the items back, but it's amazing that they got all this stuff recovered and people are getting their stuff back," said Mullins.

He says it's a testament to all of the law enforcement agencies that helped crack the case.

"They're on the ball," said Mullins. "All I've got to say is they are doing their job. This is the results of it and you can see it. We appreciate that."

A stolen credit card used to rent a Bobcat brought officers to a Monroe County home where the property was recovered and Michael and Winter Kirby were arrested.

Investigators say this may be only the beginning of the stolen property. They believe more could be found as the investigation continues.

If you have any information about this case or believe you may have purchased any merchandise from the Kirbys you are urged to contact your local law enforcement.

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