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Apr 9, 2016 9:57 PM

Alexandria police find owners of stolen tools

ALEXANDRIA - Several stolen tools were matched back up with their owners as the police department invited area contractors to look over more than 50 recovered items on Saturday.

"In our business, it's easy to miss something and not notice it for months" says Ronnie Lefebvre. He is among dozens of contractors who got a call from the police department about stolen equipment.

Chief Donald Sullivan said this effort started last month when he got a tip about a stolen trailer filled with tools.

"We had a separate warrant for the person, went to their house, arrested him and searched for the trailer," Sullivan said.

They found the trailer along with an unusual number of power-tools in the garage, and the chief say something didn't add up.

"He had several tools in the place that didn't fit the single home-owner," Sullivan said. That included, "four circular saws, three sawzalls.... We seized all of those tools and two of them came back [as reported] stolen right away."

In all, around $10,000 worth of stolen items were recovered. The department believes some of the tools were being sold for drug money. They say this is the side of the drug epidemic the public doesn't see.

"When we arrested the individual, he actually had drugs on him," Sullivan said.

The tools came from across the state. Some have been identified, but dozens remain unclaimed.

Police say they've found three other suspects they believe are connected to the thefts and it's possible they may be in possession of more stolen tools.

Anyone who may have had tools stolen is urged to contact the Alexandria police department.

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