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"Sheriff's List" created in Citrus to help find stolen property

Posted at 6:00 PM, Sep 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-26 20:18:41-04

CITRUS COUNTY, Fla. — There is a new way to help people protect themselves from buying stolen property without knowing it.

"Before you buy something you might want to check out our list," said Captain David Vincent from the Citrus County Sheriff's Office. 

'Sheriff's List' is similar to Craigslist but not really, because its purpose is to identify stolen items. 

"Recovering victim's property is one of our top priorities," said Vincent.

Vincent came up with the idea as a way to show the public what kind of stolen property is out there.

"A lot of people fall victim to finding stolen property because we’ll actually go to people who purchased something that they thought was legitimate and we go, 'Hey sorry, that's stolen,'" said Vincent.

The site is located on the Citrus County Sheriff's Office webpage and there's a way to contact detectives directly on the site to let them know about stolen items.

Vincent says it's important that people take pictures of the serial numbers or identifying markers on big ticket items to help detectives find them if stolen.

The sheriff's office says the site has already led to the finding of 10 stolen kayaks.

They hope 'Sheriff's List' will continue to be a way for people to protect themselves from buying stolen items and that it will lead the sheriff's office to return stolen property to its rightful owners.