A chance to get your stolen jewelry back

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DENVER — Hundreds of pieces of stolen jewelry — recovered after the bust of a large burglary ring — is waiting to be claimed by its rightful owners.

The Denver Police Department is encouraging the rightful owners to come forward.

Recognize any of this expensive and pricey jewelry? Gold, diamonds, watches.

These are just some of the items police say were stolen from more than 50 Denver-area homes by a large-scale burglary ring running for the past three years.

Last month, prosecutors indicted 28 members of the Kings of Denver, African mafia as prosecutors say, they called themselves.

“This is basically a criminal enterprise that came together for the purpose of committing these crimes. It was basically how they made a living,” said Lynn Kimbrough, spokeswoman for the Denver District Attorney’s Office.

“Their ruse was simple. They would ring the doorbell and if no one was home they would use a sharp object to break the glass door or window, sneak in and steal anything of value.”

The defendants are accused of stealing nearly a half-million dollars worth of jewelry, watches, wine, guns, electronics and cars.

“The credit really goes to the Denver Police Department and detectives that work in District 2 and District 3. As they were investigating individual burglaries and thefts, they began to see a pattern,” Kimbrough said.

Now, police are trying to track down the owners of these stolen goods.

If you believe any of the pieces could belong to you, Denver police is asking for proof of ownership — meaning the items won’t be released without some sort of receipts, photos, appraisals, maintenance or insurance documentation.

The number of burglaries and auto thefts happening right here in the Denver metro continues to rise. Police say it’s important to keep your doors and windows locked and keep valuables out of sight.

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