http://www.wftv.com/news/27589508/detail.html Updated: 6:21 pm EDT April 18, 2011 SANFORD, Fla. -- Sanford police say they've recovered tens of thousands of dollars in stolen goods, but don't know who it all belongs to. The tools and other equipment, mostly for landscaping, were all recovered as a surprise during a drug investigation. Sanford police have all the equipment you'd need to landscape, trim trees, even buff floors, after a drug bust turned into a huge stolen property case. Cops served a search warrant last week looking for drugs and found dozens of expensive pieces of equipment, all stolen. "Apparently, these people were stealing these items, taking them to the drug dealer and trading them for crack cocaine. Now we're stuck with all of the property here at the station," a Sanford police official said. The problem is that police don't know who most of the items belong to, and they believe there are many victims out there who want their property back and want justice. Police noticed a pattern with a number of the items; they've been spray-painted brown, investigators believe, in an effort to disguise the stolen property. But several of the tools did have identifying marks and three victims have been identified, including the city of Sanford, Volusia County and Seminole County; all were missing a variety of landscaping and tree cutting tools. But without victims, there is no way to charge the still unnamed suspect with dealing in stolen property, along with the drug charges. "No victim, there's really no way we can help anybody," a Sanford police official said. "And no way you can prosecute?" WFTV reporter Steve Barrett asked. "Correct," the official replied. Any items not claimed will simply be auctioned off 90 days after the case is closed. Investigators believe they have more than $20,000 worth of property and they say the number of victims they can identify will dramatically impact the number of charges they can file in the case.