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Jewelry stolen in January recovered from Starkweather Creek, Madison police say

July 12, 2018

A bag of stolen jewelry containing hundreds of pieces worth over $10,000 was fished out of a Starkweather Creek sewer outlet Tuesday, where it had been for months.

The bag was recovered by Steve McKenzie of the Madison Engineering Department, working with police Detective Tracie Jokala, who had requested help from the engineers to find the missing jewelry.

The jewelry was reported to be stolen Jan. 28 from Burnie’s Rock Shop, 901 E. Johnson St.

Richard Lynch, 53, was arrested in March for the burglary, and remains in custody at the Dane County Jail.

He told Jokala he left the bag of jewelry in a sewer outlet near a bridge over Starkweather Creek.

“Detective Jokala initially checked the site herself, but with the water being high, she called in a favor from City Engineering,” said police spokeswoman Kimberly Alan.

On Tuesday morning, Jokala, McKenzie and other city staff went to the bridge in the 3000 block of East Washington Avenue. Staff brought a camera they could snake down the sewer outlet.

“The bag wasn’t visible at the end of the pipe, so McKenzie donned waders and jumped into the creek to check by hand,” Alan said.

“Using a flashlight, he eventually located the small bag.”

Lynch’s next court appearance in the case is July 27.

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