Colwyn police: Thousands of dollars of merchandise looted during riots retrieved

Delaware County police have recovered thousands of dollars of goods they say were looted during the protests
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio)  Police in Delaware County have recovered thousands of dollars of merchandise they say was looted during the riots and protests in Philadelphia at an apartment.

Shirts, sneakers, hair products, and alcohol are just some of the items Michael Hale, Colwyn Borough interim police chief, said they took out of a stash house Tuesday morning after an informant tipped police that the place was full of looted property.

“People came running out of the property. After doing our investigation, we saw bags and bags and boxes and all these bags full of merchandise,” Hale said. 

He said they arrested two people, who will be charged with theft, receiving stolen property and related charges.

Some of the items found were from Walgreens, a Fine Wine and Good Spirits store, an automotive store, a City blue, a Snipes, and clothing stores.

Their next step will now be working to find others involved and getting the goods back to where they belong.

“So many places were destroyed, and so many items were taken, that it makes me feel good that I've done something to help things out and get these items back to their owners because some of these businesses may not open again,” Hale said. 

Hale estimates that they retrieved between $5,000 and $10,000 of property.