For Ron Lavin, Monday morning was a time to get back what he lost when thieves burglarized his shop, Ronnie’s Tree Service.
The thieves took about $8,000 worth of equipment and Lavin is now getting some of those stolen items back.
"We lost power heads, which are considered chainsaws. We lost rigging supplies, ropes, pulleys, harnesses, safety equipment, blowers, chains. This stuff’s expensive. You know this stuff you don’t purchase at Home Depot or Lowes," Lavin. said
It did a number to his business.
"It took food from my family. That’s the honest, that’s the truth. Then you got to go out and work twice as hard to recoup," said Lavin.
West Haven Police were investigating several thefts of commercial vehicles in the area and discovered a storage trailer in Orange that was filled with stolen goods.
They arrested the man the trailer belonged to and he was convicted in the burglaries.
"It gives us the ability now that he has gone through the system, to make an opportunity for the rightful owners to come here and claim the property that was taken from them," Detective Sgt. Paul Raucci said.
West Haven Police Department said this is an opportunity they rarely get, but it's one that Lavin is thankful for.
"Thanks to a wonderful officer that went the extra mile, we got our stuff back," Lavin said.
West Haven Police are holding viewings of the stolen items through Thursday.
People who believe their stolen property may be part of the collection are asked to come down the West Haven Police Department between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Officers said to bring documentation, like parts' serial numbers, if they are available.