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    Stolen Jewelry recovered in North Carolina using Metal Detectors

    See The Article In Black Mountain News!

    On 8-4-2010 I got an email from the Blue Ridge Metal Detecting Club Secretary here in Hendersonville/Asheville area( blueridgemetaldetectingclub.com ), NC. Our Club had gotten an email from Treasurenet Member 4H, (aka: Mike P). The Black Mountain Police Department had gotten in touch with Mike and asked for his help in trying to locate some stolen jewelry that been tossed in the woods. Apparently the Police had arrested 5 people in a series of home burglaries and they informed the Police that the stolen jewelry was in a wooded area that was covered with kudzu, bush over growth, poison ivy, downed trees etc.

    Mike and a fellow Treasurenet metal detectorist Mark, from Illinois,and Jay, were going out looking for the jewelry and wanted some help from our Blue Ridge Metal Detecting Club ( Of which Mike/4H is now a member) in locating it. I got on the phone and was only able to get 2 other people to hunt the next morning with us, Maggie and Emily. Everyone else was already committed to something else for that day.

    We met at 8:00 am at the 4H Camp in Swannanoa , NC. After coffee and chit chat, we headed out in a convoy of vehicles to the designated location. Once there, we all set our machines up and started to hunt, all of us going in separate directions at first. Mike and Mark were also telling all the local joggers and walkers why we were there and what we were doing with our metal detectors.

    After about 40 minutes or so one of the guys Mark talked to came back and said that some ways down the running path, over the fence and in the wooded area there were some little boxes and other things that might be what we were looking for. It didn’t look normal for the woods so Mike and Mark went there to investigate. Low and behold, it looked like some of the boxes that would have contained some jewelry.

    Mike called the Police and after 4 of them arrived 3 of us went over the fence with metal detectors and pin pointers in hand and proceeded to look for the jewelry. Some of it was in plain sight, most of it was on the ground under heavy poison ivy ( Of which I now have all over my arms) and kudzu leaves, as well as downed trees and thick prickly bushes.
    Emily, (From the blueridgemetaldetectingclub.com , Mike and I worked the area for the better part of an hour. We found many pieces of jewelry, some gold rings of what seemed to be high dollar value, gold chains and costume jewelry as well. I took pictures but the Police said that it was an ongoing case so we should not take any more pictures. But when the case is over with, the pictures will find their way to this Treasurenet site for all to look at.There is however one picture of Mike Post I can share with you just to show you all how thick the bushes were where we were looking.

    I had to laugh at Emily at one point, she was walking over to the fence to hand the Police a handful of jewelry and she bumped her head into something. She backed up and said “Whoa, look at this “.
    It was a gold chain of some sort hanging from a bush branch and hit her in the face. We all got a laugh out of that. The stuff was just everywhere.


    Some of the jewelry was costume jewelry but to the folks who lost them, it must be a pleasing thing to get their special items of fond memories back after they were stolen and thought they would never see them again.

    I had another commitment so I left the scene around 11:15am, but the others went back out and a bit further down the path they found about 10 more pieces of jewelry to add to the days finds.

    The Black Mountain Police were very grateful of our help. They probably would have never recovered this stolen jewelry without our help. They are just are not equipped to send Officers out into to the woods everywhere looking for stolen loot. They sent a letter of appreciation to our Club Members and Marc for our help.

    This was a great experience for us all. It shows that Metal Detectorists here and all across the USA and globe for that matter, are, and can be a very useful tool in helping out Communities in need.
    It just baffles me to know that there are people and organizations out there that are making it hard for Metal Detectorist to hunt in public locations. For the most part, all of us in groups and some not in groups are good to the environment. We fill our holes, leave none of our trash out in the fields, and get permission to hunt on private properties and more. There are a few folks out there that are bad apples for the bunch, and unfortunately they can really make it hard for the rest of us out there. There are also groups like the 4H here in Swannanoa NC at the 4H camp. Mike and his wife Maggie help the kids there in many ways. Mike has an area set up where he has hunts for the children and teaches them the do’s and dont's of metal detecting. He is getting these youngsters trained and hooked at a young age (more competition for us older folks) on metal detecting. It is also helping build good honest character in these kids at such a young age.

    Metal detecting companies like Minelab, Whites, Fisher, Garrett, Bounty Hunter and many of the other big names as well as Kelleyco. of Florida, have donated metal detectors and other items to the 4H camp for these youngsters as prizes for their competition. These are memories these kids will carry with them for life. Hopefully they will also get in this forum on Treasurenet.com and others as well, and continue the craft/hobby of METAL DETECTING.

    Written by Dave Packard
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    Re: Stolen Jewelry recovered in North Carolina using Metal Detectors

    Wow, what a story!!
    That's awesome that the police is turning fore to you, that's gonna bring good rep to all
    of us! Good work and looking forward to see the pictures!

    Cheers
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    When you just pulling up pulltabs or junk, you know your gonna hit something else soon!

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    Re: Stolen Jewelry recovered in North Carolina using Metal Detectors

    Great story Dave!

    Another treasurenet.com member , Jay Hahn (Waterfalljay) was also responsible for returning the stolen property.

    And what a great effort you all made to support the community in time of need.

    Below is the letter I just received from the Chief of Police.





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    Re: Stolen Jewelry recovered in North Carolina using Metal Detectors

    Quote Originally Posted by 4-H
    Great story Dave!

    Another treasurenet.com member , Jay Hahn was also responsible for returning the stolen property.

    And what a great effort you all made to support the community in time of need.

    Below is the letter I just received from the Chief of Police.

    Here's the top story of the news last night. Just click here and it will load by itself.
    Click below to see the Top story on the news last night.
    http://www.wlos.com/shared/newsroom/...vid_2695.shtml

    Look how many felony's they received!
    http://www.citizen-times.com/article...ckMountainNews

    **Please nominate these fellow treasurenetters an Honorable mention for this Honorable deed.
    These are the type of people that will keep doors open for the future of the hobby.



    Thanks Mike. We all enjoyed doing this for the people who lost their jewelry and the Police to help solve this case. We would hope to get more calls from the police and general public to help them look for lost items as well. We do this for free as a service to our community. Thanks for the links also Mike. See you real soon. Dave P.

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    Re: Stolen Jewelry recovered in North Carolina using Metal Detectors

    Quote Originally Posted by The Swed Hunther
    Wow, what a story!!
    That's awesome that the police is turning fore to you, that's gonna bring good rep to all
    of us! Good work and looking forward to see the pictures!

    Cheers
    Yes, this is great stuff for the metal detecting craft/hobby. A lot of people were made happy on this one. We were also enjoying the hunt for this stuff, but I found more than jewelry, I now have poison ivy. I hate it. Itchy itchy itchy. Dave P.

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    Re: Stolen Jewelry recovered in North Carolina using Metal Detectors

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave P
    Quote Originally Posted by The Swed Hunther
    Wow, what a story!!
    That's awesome that the police is turning fore to you, that's gonna bring good rep to all
    of us! Good work and looking forward to see the pictures!

    Cheers
    Yes, this is great stuff for the metal detecting craft/hobby. A lot of people were made happy on this one. We were also enjoying the hunt for this stuff, but I found more than jewelry, I now have poison ivy. I hate it. Itchy itchy itchy. Dave P.
    I did read the felony's, ha, they deserve it! As it says Dave: The road to perfection has always some thorns on its path.
    hope the itchy itchy is going away soon!
    Get well!
    Cheers
    When you just pulling up pulltabs or junk, you know your gonna hit something else soon!

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    Re: Stolen Jewelry recovered in North Carolina using Metal Detectors

    Great story. I love to read good positive stories about our hobby. You all deserve a pat on the back. Mike I will give you yours when I see you again. Good job everyone involved.

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    Re: Stolen Jewelry recovered in North Carolina using Metal Detectors

    Quote Originally Posted by treasurehound
    Great story. I love to read good positive stories about our hobby. You all deserve a pat on the back. Mike I will give you yours when I see you again. Good job everyone involved.
    Thanks you all. It was the most fun I have had in a very long time with metal detecting. I am really hoping more people get involved with metal detecting and calling us metal detecting folks to find their lost items. Them 4H kids are also having a great time at the Camp. Atta boy Mike. Dave P.

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    Re: Stolen Jewelry recovered in North Carolina using Metal Detectors

    Quote Originally Posted by The Swed Hunther
    Quote Originally Posted by Dave P
    Quote Originally Posted by The Swed Hunther
    Wow, what a story!!
    That's awesome that the police is turning fore to you, that's gonna bring good rep to all
    of us! Good work and looking forward to see the pictures!

    Cheers
    Yes, this is great stuff for the metal detecting craft/hobby. A lot of people were made happy on this one. We were also enjoying the hunt for this stuff, but I found more than jewelry, I now have poison ivy. I hate it. Itchy itchy itchy. Dave P.
    I did read the felony's, ha, they deserve it! As it says Dave: The road to perfection has always some thorns on its path.
    hope the itchy itchy is going away soon!
    Get well!
    Cheers
    Yup, I am doing the calamine lotion boogy today. Ha ha. Dave P.

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    Re: Stolen Jewelry recovered in North Carolina using Metal Detectors

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave P
    Quote Originally Posted by The Swed Hunther
    Wow, what a story!!
    That's awesome that the police is turning fore to you, that's gonna bring good rep to all
    of us! Good work and looking forward to see the pictures!

    Cheers
    Yes, this is great stuff for the metal detecting craft/hobby. A lot of people were made happy on this one. We were also enjoying the hunt for this stuff, but I found more than jewelry, I now have poison ivy. I hate it. Itchy itchy itchy. Dave P.
    First aid for poison oak: slice a fresh button mushroom (Agarius bisporus, white button mushroom), and wipe the affected poison oak area with the sliced side of the mushroom. Degrades the active ingredient on contact. Works best if you avoid using an Amanita. But even that would probably work. Be SURE to wash with soap afterwards.

    Active ingredient in poison oak, poison ivy, and poison sumac is urushiol. Cut surface of almost any mushroom will probably work, but best to avoid poisonous mushrooms.

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    Re: Stolen Jewelry recovered in North Carolina using Metal Detectors

    Quote Originally Posted by Tuberale
    Quote Originally Posted by Dave P
    Quote Originally Posted by The Swed Hunther
    Wow, what a story!!
    That's awesome that the police is turning fore to you, that's gonna bring good rep to all
    of us! Good work and looking forward to see the pictures!

    Cheers
    Yes, this is great stuff for the metal detecting craft/hobby. A lot of people were made happy on this one. We were also enjoying the hunt for this stuff, but I found more than jewelry, I now have poison ivy. I hate it. Itchy itchy itchy. Dave P.
    First aid for poison oak: slice a fresh button mushroom (Agarius bisporus, white button mushroom), and wipe the affected poison oak area with the sliced side of the mushroom. Degrades the active ingredient on contact. Works best if you avoid using an Amanita. But even that would probably work. Be SURE to wash with soap afterwards.

    Active ingredient in poison oak, poison ivy, and poison sumac is urushiol. Cut surface of almost any mushroom will probably work, but best to avoid poisonous mushrooms.
    Thanks for the advice. I have some mushrooms in the frig, I will check that out. Dave P.

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    Re: Stolen Jewelry recovered in North Carolina using Metal Detectors

    Quote Originally Posted by 4-H
    **Please nominate these fellow treasurenetters an Honorable mention for this Honorable deed.
    It's too bad there were no faces, or pictures of the jewelry. (in case you were wondering why it was ruled out).


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    Re: Stolen Jewelry recovered in North Carolina using Metal Detectors

    Quote Originally Posted by Marc
    Quote Originally Posted by 4-H
    **Please nominate these fellow treasurenetters an Honorable mention for this Honorable deed.
    It's too bad there were no faces, or pictures of the jewelry. (in case you were wondering why it was ruled out).

    As soon as the Police close their case here I will get all of the photos online. In the mean time here are some that I don't think the Police would mind me showing.
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    Re: Stolen Jewelry recovered in North Carolina using Metal Detectors

    So ... the official thanks from the police department means nada to TNet?

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    Re: Stolen Jewelry recovered in North Carolina using Metal Detectors

    Quote Originally Posted by Tuberale
    So ... the official thanks from the police department means nada to TNet?
    I guess the Police did not mention treasurenet.com but I did in my letter here. Besides, it's really all about doing the right thing and help the people who lost their items getting them back. We are always glad to help the Community when ever and where ever we can. We are not looking for name recognition per say but when asked we will mention our Clubs names. I know the Police are very thankful with all our help, both spoken and unspoken. Dave P.

 

 
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