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Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department investigators are trying to identify the owner of stolen construction equipment.

The department recovered a forklift carriage following an investigation into several burglaries over the last several months.

So far, investigators have been unable to identify the owner.

“I don’t know whose it is or where it came from,” Detective Paige C. Taylor said. She said she did not want to provide details about the equipment, so investigators can return it to its rightful owner if one comes forward.

She confirmed the stolen equipment might be connected to an investigation that led to the arrests of three Watertown men who allegedly were found in possession of stolen construction equipment. That investigation has led to a separate probe, she said, declining to comment further.

On April 8, Patrick J. Martin, 24, of 303 High St., Steven E. Beach, 48, of 594 Merline Ave., and Billy J. Beach Jr., 20, of 421 W. Mullin St., were charged with third-degree grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property. They were arrested following a report of suspicious activity at a construction site on Summit Drive in the town of Watertown.

To confirm ownership, the owner of the forklift carriage will have to describe it further or supply a photograph. For more information, all the sheriff’s office at 786-2675 or 788-1441.

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