Tucson police say potential victims can view recovered stolen jewelry, coins

2014-05-13T21:45:00Z 2014-05-14T08:51:16Z Tucson police say potential victims can view recovered stolen jewelry, coinsCarmen Duarte Arizona Daily Star

Potential victims of stolen jewelry, and collectible coins and paper currency will be able to view recovered items that were linked to a trafficking in stolen property case.

The items were recovered in February from the home of David Reid who was arrested after being linked to buying stolen jewelry and firearms, said Sgt. Chris Widmer, a Tucson Police Department spokesman.

The items will be available for viewing June 3 at 9 a.m. at the police department's evidence facility at 945 E. Ohio Street, said Widmer.

Those wishing to view the items must have a case report number related to the types of items stolen to be allowed entry, Widmer said.

In addition to jewelry, collectible coins and paper currency, items on display will include pocket watches and silver dishware. For questions on the viewing, persons can call 837-7808.

In October, police received information and began an investigation into Reid purchasing large amounts of stolen gold and silver jewelry, Widmer said.

Reid melted down the jewelry for its metal content, and the metal was reshaped into bars and sold to precious metal dealers, said Widmer.

Detectives obtained a search warrant for Reid's home in the 1500 block of North Columbus Lane, which is south of East Pima Street and east of North Columbus Boulevard.

Investigators found large amounts of gold and silver jewelry, and coins with an estimated value of $228,000, said Widmer. Other items included two stolen firearms and more than $3,000 in cash, he said. 

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