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Mine, Mine, Not Mine: Burglary Victims Find Stolen Stuff Listed On Craigslist, Deputies Find Drugs Inside Seller's Home

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A firearm, computers, and tattoo equipment were stolen from a Lancaster home during a burglary in late June. About a month later, the burglary victims, while browsing Craigslist in an attempt to replace their missing goods, saw what they thought to be their stolen tattoo equipment for sale, according to a news release.

The victims contacted members of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station Burglary Suppression Team, who opened an investigation based upon this information. A sting operation was conducted on Monday, August 1, 2011, and the person advertising the tattoo equipment for sale agreed to bring the items to the Lancaster area.

Following a postitive ID of the tattoo equipment, a 40-year-old man was arrested and a search warrant served by the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station Burglary Suppression Team, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Inside the home, authorities found marijuana packaged for sale, an electronic scale, evidence of drug sales and about $10,000 worth of "believed to be stolen" goods. The suspect, currently out on bail for a recent "Possession of Marijuana" arrest, is being held held in a Los Angeles County jail. Bail is set at $45,000.