Police said they recovered about 800 stolen items this year.
Police said they recovered about 800 stolen items this year.
PHOTO: St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department
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Police in St. Louis want to return hundreds of items – including tools, stained glass panels and generators – taken in burglaries targeting residential rehabbers.

Detectives have recovered more than 800 items, and while many have been returned, most of the pilfered goods sit in a warehouse awaiting reunification.

Two people were taken into custody, but warrants have not been issued as the investigation continues, police said in a statement Sunday.

PHOTO: St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department

Police found the stolen property over the course of a year in central and south St. Louis, CNN affiliate KMOV reported Tuesday.

“The suspects we caught here are on a different level. They were actually stealing them to actually use or sell to other people who are rehabbing (buildings),” Tom Kitchell, with the department’s burglary division, told KMOV. “This was a pretty sophisticated ring. They would drive around during the day and look for rehabs.”

PHOTO: St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department

Police hope the return of items will strengthen their case, which will be presented to prosecutors.

Police Capt. Ryan Cousins told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper that thieves typically sell merchandise quickly, but in this case they apparently kept an inventory.