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MASON CITY, IA – Returning stolen merchandise to their rightful owners is getting a little bit tougher.
That’s because local “Crime Stoppers ” are finding it difficult to return stolen items if your home or other property is broken into.
Many thieves are filing off the serial numbers which makes items hard to track.
The Cerro Gordo Sheriff’s Office says there are several ways to make sure, if this happens to you, you can get your property back as soon as possible.
Lt. Lon Johnson said, “The best thing a person can do that own property is to document all serial numbers any identification marks, things of that nature, so if in the unfortunate event that something like this would happen, they’d be able to provide law enforcement information as to some identity to decide in the case they would grind a serial number off.”
Lt. Johnson adds, larger items such as farming equipment and trailers are much easier to trace because they are harder to hide.