JPD recovers heirloom items taken in burglary
by Ron Harris
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Jasper police Connie Cooner Rowe and officers from the Jasper Police Department and Winston County Sheriff’s Office look over items recovered from a residential burglary that happened on Jan. 6. Photo courtesy of Jasper Police Department
Jasper police Connie Cooner Rowe and officers from the Jasper Police Department and Winston County Sheriff’s Office look over items recovered from a residential burglary that happened on Jan. 6. Photo courtesy of Jasper Police Department
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Jasper police, along with help from the Winston County Sheriff’s Office, recovered a large assortment of personal items and valuable collectibles taken during a burglary at a Jasper home earlier this year.

On Jan. 6, someone broke into the home of an elderly Jasper resident and walked away with a large assortment of items that included expensive wedding china, antique furnishings and collectibles from Europe and Asia.

Earlier this week, investigators from the Winston County Sheriff’s Office were executing a search warrant at a home in Walker County related to a burglary case in Winston County. Once inside the home, they found the items taken in the Jasper home burglary.

Jasper police were called to the scene.

“It’s really unusual for us to have an opportunity to recover items of this nature and return them to their rightful owners, particularly after such a time lapse that we’ve had since the crime occured,” Jasper Police Chief Connie Cooner Rowe said Friday. “Some of these things are so very personal and have such sentimental value. These are things that are family heirlooms and can’t be replaced. It’s great that we were able to get these things back to their owner.

Rowe credited the Winston County Sheriff’s Office with helping her department recover the items.

“This is a great example of agencies from multiple jurisdictions working together,” she said. “The Winston County Sheriff’s Office is who shook this case loose for us, and it was their attention to detail in connecting these cases together. They were aware of our problem and we were aware of their problem that made this work. We are very appreciative of their being tuned in to our circumstances. We owe them one, that’s for sure.”

The items taken in the burglary were being returned to their owner Friday afternoon.

No arrests have been made in connection to the Jasper case, Rowe said.