Over $10k in stolen jewelry recovered underwater in Madison

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- The City of Madison Burglary Crimes Unit and City of Madison Engineers recovered stolen merchandise from Burnie’s Rock Shop Tuesday morning.

The merchandise was inside a bag under four feet of water and mud in Starkweather Creek. The suspect, Richard Lynch, told Detective Tracie Jokala he had left the bag in a sewer outlet near a bridge over the creek, according to the Madison Police Department.

Detective Jokala initially checked the site described by the suspect herself, before city engineer Steve McKenzie came out to the bridge in the 3000 block of East Washington Avenue. Other city staff placed a camera down the sewer outlet described by the suspect.

“They’ve helped us twice now,” Jokala said. “We had another case where we hoped to recover some bullet casings but didn’t end up finding them so this case was nice – it’s such a big win to recover these items for Burnie’s.”

The bag was not visible at the end of the pipe, leading to Mckenzie donning some waders and jumping in the creek to check by hand. Using a flashlight he eventually located the small bag containing the stolen items exclaiming, “I got it!”

The merchandise was worth more than $10,000 and included several hundred pieces of jewelry to be sorted and documented by the Madison Police Department.

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