Stolen Items Returned To Homeowners

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There are some happy homeowners who got items back that were stolen from them when investigators say crooks broke into their homes.

Saturday, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office let several victims look through hundreds of items to find what belongs to them. Investigators told us the burglaries were linked by witnesses seeing a man wearing a construction or utilities vest in their area.

The display of stolen items was pretty exciting for the homeowners, even if they didn't get everything back.

“My house was broken into and they broke a lot of things...then they stole a Bose music system and four black powder guns--I don't know what they're going to do with those--and a pair of binoculars," homeowner and victim Bruce McCombs said.

McCombs came to the El Paso County Sheriff’s evidence facility Saturday looking for those items. He found the binoculars, but he says everything else is still out there.

"That's a help, that's one thing I don't have to collect (from insurance), so I kind of hope they get the rest of it back too. If they do, I'll give the insurance company their money back and we’ll all be happy," McCombs said.

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office said several homes throughout the county were broken into over the past three months, specifically in the Monument, Black Forest, Briargate and Broadmoor areas. Investigators recovered items ranging from jewelry to electronics, and even car keys.

"It's a hard situation that's unnerving, and if you could come and get your stuff back, that would make it a lot better," McCombs said.

Investigators said that because the suspects were caught with the help of vigilant neighbors, they encourage everyone to ask for credentials if you suspect any suspicious activity in your neighborhood.

The Sheriff's Office will once again open their evidence facility to victims Sunday; you'll need identification and your case number. The facility is located on 2749 E. Las Vegas St. in Colorado Springs. It will be open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.