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Highway Patrol hopes to return jewelry to rightful owner


The Milan Post of the State Highway Patrol is hoping to return jewelry troopers seized during a traffic stop and believe may have been stolen to its rightful owner of owners.

According to the patrol, troopers stopped George Hurtado, 21, of New York City on the turnpike in Amherst Township in March 2011.

Hurtado was arrested for both criminal and traffic violations and was incarcerated. With him was a 16-year-old female who was determined to be a missing juvenile from New York City.

During the inventory of the vehicle, a large amount of jewelry was located, according to the patrol.

Hurtado said the jewelry was his, claiming he recently purchased it in Chicago. Upon the completion of the criminal and traffic court cases, Hurtado was requested to verify ownership of the property. He has never done so, despite two separate certified letters that were sent to his address.

In an effort to return the jewelry, if it is in fact stolen, the Milan Post has requested anyone with knowledge of this case contact the post at (419) 499-4808.

In addition, if you believe this is your jewelry, please contact the post with a detailed description of the property and accompanying police reports documenting its theft.

The patrol asks that only those with legitimate and accurate claims call because they will complete a thorough investigation into each call claiming ownership.

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