WARTBURG (WATE) - The Wartburg Police Department celebrated on New Year's Day after rounding up thousands and thousands of dollars worth of stolen property.
Investigators say the items were from home burglaries in the city along with neighboring counties, and in some cases homeowners had no idea the items were even missing.
This investigation is far from over. Police are still picking up stolen property and nearly everything that was taken is going back to its rightful owner.
A missing motorcycle is now parked inside the Wartburg Police Department's garage. The bike, along with big screen TVs, power tools, even a baby's crib are now sporting red evidence tags. Police recovered these valuables from home break-ins over the last three to four weeks, all of which are believed to be connected.
"It could have been a lot worse because we were just moving in, stuff still in boxes. They could have taken a lot more," said victim Andrew Aydelott.
The only things stolen from Aydelott's home were his flat screen TV, a boat battery, hair clippers, and the battery to his 4-year-old son's power wheels.
"I've always been told if something gets stolen you'll never see it again. So I'm really impressed with them being able to find all of it," added Aydelott.
Law enforcement say they found all the items thanks to a traffic stop Monday by the Morgan County Sheriff's Department. Officials said they found stolen items in Doug Laymance's car. He's one suspect, although police believe there are more.
"We've gotten statements from most of them but some more people can expect to see us in a day or two," said Captain Dwayne Bales with the Wartburg Police Department.
Over the last three days, police have been collecting loot and say they know of at least nine burglaries.
"But it's been from Morgan County to Oliver Springs, to Roane County, to Kingston," added Captain Bales.
Investigators say the stolen items were sold to others in and around the area.
"It's probably the most I've seen in my 13 years as far as getting everything back," said Captain Bales.
What's also being given back is peace of mind.
"I know they were working on it all last night because they called me at 11:30 when they found some of it so I really appreciate it," said Aydelott.
If you think you may have been a victim, you can call police at (423)346-7090 or send them a message on their Facebook page.