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By Jessica Scarpati
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BRIDGEWATER -
Paul Moreau is one of the lucky ones.
After a car-break spree in Bridgewater last week left him missing a GPS device, a high-definition radio system, a police scanner and some jewelry, Moreau got most of it back from police within two days.
After a regional police task force raided a Pembroke home Friday - and recovered thousands of dollars worth of allegedly stolen landscaping equipment and power tools - many in the area who had been recent victims of home, business or car burglaries hoped more news would come for them.
But those still waiting to hear of a beloved heirloom found at a pawn shop or big-screen TV recovered from Craigslist, a free online classifieds site, should not hold their breath, police said.
"The timeline when you find something is short - usually 24 hours, maybe 48," said West Bridgewater police Detective Sgt. Victor Flaherty.
"If you don't get it, it's gone," he added, noting that the item is quickly sold to someone else. "I would not put any false hopes into these (victims)."
With the high value of silver and gold in the metals market, jewelry has an even dimmer fate, Flaherty said.
"Unfortunately, with jewelry, it's very difficult," he said. "Most of the stuff will be melted down."
But that doesn't mean people shouldn't report burglaries, he added.
"A lot of people say, 'I'm not going to call the police. They're not going to find it anyway,' " Flaherty said. "You've got to tell us it's stolen so we know to look for it."
Flaherty also cautioned people cruising Web sites like Craigslist to learn the law about buying stolen items.
"People think if they don't know it's stolen, they're not guilty of receiving stolen property," he said. "That's not the law."
Police look at "what would a reasonable person believe" to be the actual value of an item, and whether the price offered by a black market seller is grossly beneath that, Flaherty said.
Meanwhile, at least one Bridgewater resident has hopes the recent crime wave will subside.
"Hopefully, they caught them, and it stops everything, or at least slows it down," said Moreau, 37, who owns PLM Graphics, which specializes in truck lettering and signs.

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I always get a kick out of people that leave thousands of dollars of equipment in their vehicles overnight. Cameras, GPS, laptops, you get the idea. Either they are stupid (likely) or they are scamming the insurance. If it wasn't for dickheads like that, there wouldn't be any thievery in this world.
 
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