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Dozens of stolen items recovered thanks to Yorkville officer's persistence

Updated: Friday, December 20 2013, 09:31 PM EST

By: NEWS9 and Kate Davison
YORKVILLE, Ohio --


The Yorkville Police Department has arrested one person and will likely charge another after discovering two individuals inside a storage unit they didn't own.

Chief John Morelli said a patrolman was checking local storage facilities Thursday after a number of items were reported missing. Around 11 p.m., the officer allegedly caught two people red-handed. From there, police said the case became much bigger as the suspects are believed to be behind dozens of thefts.

The investigation led police to three homes, where police found stolen items that belonged to people in the Ohio Valley and in parts of Pennsylvania.

Police said virtually everything in the three homes that were searched was reported as being stolen, including tools, electronics, firearms and even Christmas decorations.

The suspect, Thomas Kurko, was arrested and officials said they will turn the case over to the prosecutor's office, which will allow officials to determine the charges. Police said the other person, a woman whose name was not released, will not be arrested but will likely face charges.

Officials said they would have never made the discovery without the diligence of one Yorkville police officer.

Investigators said it's going to take some time to sift through the recovered belongings. As of Friday, police are in contact with police departments in Belmont and Jefferson counties in Ohio, as well as law enforcement in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Stay with NEWS9 and WTOV9.com for continuing coverage.

Dozens of stolen items recovered thanks to Yorkville officer's persistence


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