Tools recovered from S’thorne construction thefts |

Tools recovered from S’thorne construction thefts

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SILVERTHORNE ” The Silverthorne Police Department has recovered “100 percent” of the tools that were stolen from several construction sites in the Three Peaks at the Raven neighborhood over the weekend, according to public information officer Verna Pottle.

The tools were all found in a van that was impounded shortly after midnight on Friday when an officer pulled the driver over for a minor traffic violation.

The driver, who was not the owner of the vehicle and did not have any identification, was released.

The decision not to take the driver into custody was a judgment call on the part of the officer, Pottle said.

Police do have the authority to hold unidentified drivers until they can secure firm identification, but in this situation, the officer “erred on the side of this person’s right to freedom,” Pottle said.

The investigation is open and the department will exhaust all avenues until the suspects are found.

The recovered tools and equipment will be released back to contractors later this afternoon.

Pottle said one of the victims had marked all the tools, which made it very easy to identify to whom they belonged.

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