Huron County sheriff's deputies have recovered more than $35,000 worth of property allegedly stolen in a series of recent burglaries.
The suspects, Maria Stallard, 35, and Eugene Large, 43, of 2190 U.S. 20 E., Monroeville, reportedly stole more than $70,000 worth of merchandise from six locations in Huron County and one in Richland County.
"A lot of hard work from the detectives has paid off," Sheriff Dane Howard said.
"We've had a significant amount of success in recovering stolen property," he added.
Late Friday, detectives Josh Querin, Rich Larson, Kayla Zander, Special Deputy Dave Battles and the sheriff executed a search warrant at a Hartland-Center Road home where that resident had purchased many of the items, not knowing the merchandise was stolen.
"I'm very proud of all the hard work and being able to get the victims back much of their property," Howard said, adding these crimes were drug-related.
Howard said these suspects have no idea how their crimes affect the citizens.
The sheriff added a senior citizen who was a victim in one of these burglaries was visibly shaken by the incident.
"It's such a violation of their privacy," the sheriff said.
Deputies located $15,000 worth of stolen jewelry in Large's vehicle while it was impounded at the sheriff's office Friday.
"The jewelry was concealed in the vehicle," Querin said.
"The majority of that jewelry was taken from a Richland County residence Nov. 14," he added.
"Also recovered was a significant amount of old currency that was used at a business in Milan," Querin said. "That was also stolen from Richland County."
On Monday, deputies recovered a large amount of stolen jewelry from a location inside the Sandusky Mall.
"That was about $4,000 worth at the mall," Querin said.
Other items recovered at various locations included televisions, tools, lawnmower and snowblower.
"There are still other persons of interest in this case," Querin added.