Police use social media to return stolen property

KING 5's Natalie Swaby reports.

BELLEVUE, Wash. – Bellevue police are finding success using social media as a tool to return stolen property, according to the department.

"If we take a look at this tweet for example, back on October 4, a detective recovered some artwork from someone we had arrested," said Officer Seth Tyler.

The twitter post reached more than 17,000 people, including the rightful owner.

"They saw a retweet of our tweet by a Medina resident, and called our detective," said Tyler.

Bellevue police use Twitter, Facebook, and Nextdoor.com to post photos of stolen property. A few days ago, a post about a recovered art portfolio was published on Nextdoor.com.

"The day after I posted, we had a resident that noticed the logo matched an art gallery in Port Townsend," said Ofc. Tyler.

Using social media to return stolen items is a resource Seattle police have relied on for years. Last week, SPD posted pictures of valuables taken in a series of storage unit break-ins that occurred in Fremont, Lake City, and downtown Seattle.

If you recognize one of the items as yours, have your case number ready and call police at 206-684-5735.

Photos: Unclaimed stolen property

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