Authorities find $250K worth of stolen tools from Chesterfield man’s home

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CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A Chesterfield man was arrested Tuesday after police said detectives found hundreds of stolen tools worth roughly $250,000 inside his home.

Authorities received a report on Feb. 21 that a man was selling stolen tools from a home in the 6700 block of Mason Valley Drive. Police executed a search warrant on Feb. 25 and found hundreds of stolen tools at the home.

The suspect, identified as 43-year-old Amilcar D. Palucho, was allegedly selling the items from his Chesterfield home, police said. The investigator in the case, Chesterfield Police Lt. Jason Stocks, spoke with 8News on Friday about the investigation and arrest of Palucho.

“We received information late last week that a individual was in possession and marketing stolen tools and from that, detectives developed significant evidence to conduct a search at his residence,” Stocks said. “During the court proceeding, we’ll explain how we came across that evidence.”

Kelsey Stephens said her fiancé had $4,500 worth of tools stolen from his work trailer. Police have given them 90% of it back.

Photo provided by Kelsey Stephens

“Upon going to his trailer, he realized the latch of the trailer had been torched off and anything that was in a case of bag was gone,” Stephens said. “He was missing his laser level, a bag of drills, his router, his radio, a fan, pretty much any power tools that they found in his case.”​

Since Tuesday, detectives and other police personnel have worked to transport, sort, document and store the items, which are valued at roughly $250,000. Detectives are documenting all serial numbers on the tools and working to match them to items that have been reported stolen; when a match is made, a detective will contact the owner of the stolen property.”

Chesterfield Police

“Well these tools were stolen and we’re finding that they were stolen from various locations throughout the state as far away as Maryland. Some of the reports came from Chesterfield. They were stolen from here locally. Many, many of the tools were stolen elsewhere,” Stocks told 8News.

Palucho was arrested and charged with two felonies: receiving stolen goods and larceny with the intent to sell. Chesterfield authorities said Friday that additional charges are currently pending.

“I was very upset. I don’t know who was more upset me or him. I was almost in tears, basically. Because this is his livelihood and for someone to do something like that is just disgusting,” Stephens told 8News.

Photo provided by Kelsey Stephens

“It’s unnerving because we don’t know if he stalked him to work or if it’s just sheer coincidence, but regardless, to have somebody doing those types of things living so close to our home, doesn’t make me feel safe,” she continued.

“We had hundreds if not thousands of tools that we had to sort and still in the process of insuring we have the rightful owners,” Stocks said. “Right now we’re still investigating, but it’s our belief it was for pure profit.”

Stocks shared a message to those who may have had their equipment or tools stolen and would wish to contact authorities in order to get them back.

“If you contact the police department, we need to make sure you have the serial numbers, provide us with the police report from your local jurisdiction, any identifying marks, we need those items to be able to verify that the tools are in fact stolen and return them to the rightful owner,” Stocks explained.

Photo provided by Kelsey Stephens

“There are different ways to mark or identify your tools here in Chesterfield County. We promote smart water but you can put unique identifiers on your tools markings, etched on your tools, but it’s important to take photographs or record serial numbers because we have to determine those tools belong to you before we can release them,” he continued.

If you recently reported tools stolen to your local police department and were unable to provide serial numbers but have other identifiers for the items, please email that identifying information to PDCIDProperty@chesterfield.gov. In the email, please include your report number and the best way to contact you. If you had tools stolen but have not yet filed a police report, please report the theft to your local police department.

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