Burley, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) It's what the Minidoka County Sheriff called a Christmas crime spree.
Residents and businesses from all over the county had valuables stolen and sold on various websites.
One of the stolen items was a missing welding device.
It didn't take long for deputies to find the criminals.
But, this case led to many others.
The Minidoka County Sheriff's Office is investigating a laundry list of stolen items.
Many of those are used for farming and welding.
“The Minidoka Sheriff's Office took a report of a burglary from one of our local businesses. Throughout the course of the investigation, over several weeks, some of the items were sold on Craigslist,” explains Sheriff Eric Snarr, Minidoka County.
The report was about a missing welder.
This led to deputies going under cover to solve the crime.
But, the way they figured it out - isn't the most conventional.
Deputies found the item listed for sale on Craigslist.
According to the Sheriff, more criminals are selling stolen items on websites such as Facebook and Craigslist.
Not only did using the website help catch the thieves in this case, it helped open doors for other missing items as well.
“A lot of these cases, it just doesn't end up being one victim. There are several victims in the cases and it opens up a lot more cases when it does,” Snarr points out.
For residents, solving these cases is a sigh of relief.
As the way criminals’ minds change, so does the way the Sheriff's deputies look to solve it.
The Sheriff's Department has four people in custody in direct relation to the crime of the missing welder.
However, the case is still open for investigation.