Police search for owners of stolen goods

Courtesy Photo. Stolen items recovered by the Salisbury Police Department.

SALISBURY — Recently recovering a trove of stolen items from a beach-area home, the Salisbury Police Department is hoping to reunite those items with its owners and has taken to social media to help its cause. 

On Nov. 10, officers executing a narcotics search warrant on Fowler Street found a cache of television sets, laptop computers, power tools, speakers, sporting goods, cell phones, radar detectors, and personal identification cards. 

The search warrant also resulted in the arrests of Angela Lee Clem, 25, and Joshua Babcock, 26. Both were arrested Monday, No. 10, at 1 p.m. and charged with receiving stolen property less than $250 and a civil marijuana violation. Babcock was also charged with heroin possession. Clem was also charged with possession of a class A, B and C substance. 

Salisbury police Detective Keith Forget said many of the items appear to have been stolen during a wave of car breaks along the south Salisbury beach area last spring. As police continue to investigate whether Clem and Babcock were responsible for the car breaks, it has already begun the process of making sure recovered property is returned its owners. 

So far, the process has been slow with Forget saying police were able to identify some of the items as belonging to three victims. 

According to Forget's report, police received information from concerned residents that Clem and Babcock were selling heroin out of their Fowler Street apartment. With the help of a criminal informant, police bought heroin from the couple four times.

 After obtaining a search warrant, local police, with the assistance of Amesbury, Newburyport and state police, entered the apartment without using force and quickly arrested the two subjects without incident while confiscating their cell phones, covered under the warrant. 

A search of the apartment resulted in the seizure of several baggies containing heroin, two digital scales consistent with drug sales, a small mirror with brown residue and other signs of heroin use. When officers entered the apartment's attic, they found dozens of items that police are now trying to reunite with their owners.

Clem was ordered held on $2,000 cash bail while Babcock is being held on $5,000 cash bail. Both are due back in Newburyport District Court on Dec. 12, for pretrial hearings. 

On Wednesday, Forget went door-to-door along the beach, showing them photos of the recovered items. When nobody claimed any of the items, Forget decided to post the photos on the department's Facebook and Twitter accounts. 

"We get a good response from our followers, we always get feedback. (Social media) is the wave of the future, I think it's part of the new era of law enforcement that the Salisbury Police Department is going through," Forget said. 

As of yesterday, the department boasted 1,711 followers in Twitter and 1,168 likes on Facebook. While Forget monitors Twitter, Facebook is overseen by Sgt. Timothy Hunter. Both platforms are great for sharing news and seeking the public's input but is not a substitute for calling the police with emergencies and to relay business matters, officers say.  

Residents who have been the victim of a car break or house break and believe the items recovered by police may belong to them are encouraged to call Salisbury police Detective Keith Forget at 978-465-3121. 

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