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Stolen items still under investigation

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Anita Godfrey
Officials confirmed Wednesday the investigation continues into a Bowling Green woman allegedly selling stolen merchandise on eBay.

The Clay County Sheriff's Department acted on a tip by an unidentified person who discovered their stolen property on eBay to begin an investigation into the matter.

On Feb. 27, a search warrant for Anita Godfrey's Bowling Green residence, 322 S. Lafayette St., was acquired.

Detective Jerry Siddons said officers discovered more than 100 Longaberger baskets valued at wholesale prices between $5,000-$10,000, several boxes of various types of unique sports memorabilia believed to be from a burglary reported more than two years ago and various other items and collectibles that have yet to be appraised.

Godfrey was arrested on preliminary charges of possession of stolen property and later bonded out of the Clay County Justice Center on a $700 cash bond.

The Clay County Prosecutor's Office is reviewing the case while officers continue to search for a person of interest and other potential suspects believed to be involved in the case.

"We are unsure how many items have actually been sold on eBay," Siddons said of how the department is working with the online auction site in an attempt to collect as much information as possible about potential sales made by Godfrey prior to her arrest. "We're still waiting on information from eBay officials."

Although several items have been returned to their rightful owners, the sheriff's department has categorized the remaining recovered property seized during the search warrant.

Theft/burglary victims concerned their (reported) missing property might be on the list can contact the department, but Siddons said people would have to provide proper identification and proof of ownership to claim their property.

"People can contact the department if they think their property is among the items," Siddons said, adding that officers are available to help anytime. "If anyone has information about this case, thinks they may have been a victim or might have purchased one of these items, we need them to call the department at 812-446-2535."

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