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Missing something? It could have been at theft suspect's house

Police say it was like an episode of Hoarders.

Tens of thousands of dollars worth of stolen items found at an Evansville man's house.

That man, 36-year-old Anthony Ulm was arrested over the weekend after he was caught stealing from a car. He is now in jail charged with theft.

Thursday morning police showed all of the things they believe Ulm had taken.  It was such a huge haul that authorities needed an actual U-Haul to move everything.

It's taken several detectives a couple days to get everything out and somewhat sorted, but they say it is rewarding knowing some people will be reunited with their stolen items. 

"We've got wrenches. Over here we've got a bag of tools that are still new in the package," said Sgt. Jason Cullum, EPD.

On top of that bicycles, golf clubs and even old video games.

Row after row of valuables.

Most, police say, found at Anthony Ulm's Evansville home.

"When they went to the home on Taft Avenue it was almost like an episode of "Hoarders" the house was just full of items," said Sgt. Cullum.

"It is probably the most items I've seen in my 20 years in law enforcement," said one detective.

Along a back wall, perhaps the most unique of anything here.

"sSme of the items we recovered included turn out gear from a volunteer fire department," said Sgt. Cullum.

That gear, detectives discovered, belongs to Philip Gessner.

"The only thing I was told they found was the pants and coat," said Gessner.

A three-year veteran fire fighter, all the way in St. Meinrad.

"I come out to get something out of my toolbox and when I opened it up I looked in here and my two socket sets I had here were gone and then my gear that was on that side was missing," said Gessner.

"You know, it would have been pretty bad if we would have had a fire and he went to his truck and to see that it was missing and nothing he could do, sit back and watch us, because , you know, if you don't have gear you can't fight a fire," said Thomas Kloeck, St. Meinrad Fire Chief.

Chief Kloeck says Phillip's gear, just a year old, is worth about $2,800.

His helmet, boots and gloves are still missing, but they'll take what they can get.

"I was surprised that they actually did find it and I was relieved, you know, cause that's takes a lot of expense off the department there," said Gessner.

If you think some of your things may be included in this big haul, you will need a police report with a detailed description of them to proceed. You can't just show up and look around.

Also, police say things like purses and electronics like iPads, were not found. 

You can call (812) 436-5776 Monday-Friday between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. to claim your property.  Officials say property can be picked up during those times as well.

EPD says they will have extended hours on Monday's during December.

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