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Man finds stolen camera for sale online, enlists police to get it back

Man finds stolen camera for sale online, enlists police to get it back

By Peter Samore | Posted - Nov. 22, 2011 at 3:20 p.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY — A burglary victim recently found his stolen digital camera on KSL Classifieds, and got it back with the help of Salt Lake City police.

A burglar took the camera and other electronics from the man's home in The Avenues. Shortly thereafter, the man found the camera was being sold online for cheap.

The man called the seller to make an appointment at the Gateway Mall, and then he called Salt Lake City police.

Detective Dennis McGowan says officers ran a sting operation. "Once this victim verified that it was his camera, the police were aware immediately and made the sting immediately," he said.

Tyler Jessup, 25, was arrested for burglary and drug possession.

"He readily admitted that, yes, he had burglarized this home, and he had several other items on him. It was mostly electronics equipment," McGowan said. "He also had some marijuana on his person at the time he was arrested."

McGowan added that the victim did everything correctly. "They need, naturally, to be in a position of safety — call the police, get the police involved — and let the police do their job and work for them."

All the stolen property was recovered.

Email: psamore@ksl.com

Peter Samore

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