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Stolen merchadise currently held by Montgomery County Police.
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More than 200 pieces of jewelry remain on a table in a police station in Germantown. It's joined by several laptops, a couple of video game systems, some handbags and a few small piles of international currency from places like Italy, Canada and Thailand.

All of it was stolen during a string of burglaries last year in Gaithersburg, Montgomery Village and Germantown. It's about half of the haul taken by thieves. The rest, including 15 large flatscreen TVs, is back in the hands of its owners.

Police would like the rest to be claimed, but they're also urging people to be more careful so they don't end up a victim of a burglary.

"It's a crime of opportunity. People go into houses, they don't know who lives in the house. They pick a house based on if the doors open, the windows open, or if there's no lights on," Detective Bob Finkelstein says.

If the stolen items are not claimed, the county will auction them off.

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