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By Cade Fowler - bio | email

MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) – The evidence locker at the Moultrie Police Department looks more like a pawn shop. Inside you'll find rifles, handguns, knives, swords, fishing poles, and digital cameras.

All of the items are stolen. And each item was seized in one night from one home.

"Some of the items that were located during this, is some of the stuff that we've had reported stolen in recent burglaries," said Commander Alfonzo Cook, Moultrie Police Department.

Police now have an array of items on their hands ranging from bow and arrows, arrowheads, and collectible coins to night vision goggles, a hunting camera, golf clubs, camping equipment, even a camouflage golf cart.  

It's nearly $200,000 worth of stolen equipment from homes that were burglarized.   

All of it was found in the possession of 36-year-old Paul Partin - a person police learned about through separate burglary arrests.

"We got information of a possible fencing operation. Because when they do the burglaries they have to take the equipment somewhere."

That somewhere was a home in 1900 block of 3rd Avenue Southeast. Nestled in a quiet neighborhood, the brick house with blue shutters served as one of the largest fencing operations investigators have ever seen.

"Our officers made contact with this possible fencer who admitted to having stolen property," said Cook.

But it wasn't just stolen items police found inside Partin's home.

"During the search, officers found crystal methamphetamine," said Cook.

Police also confiscated scales, two pipes, and a variety of prescription drugs. Partin was arrested and jailed on drug jailed related charges.

As detectives work on filing additional charges, they are now faced with the task of tracking down the rightful owners of the stolen property.

"Hopefully we have serial numbers. Hopefully we have something that we can go with that can put that particular item back into their possession," said Cook.

So far the stolen goods have been linked to three recent burglaries, but police also ask anyone who was recently burglarized in the Colquitt County area to contact them at 890-5500 if they believe some of the stolen items may belong to them.

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