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On Special Assignment Preview: Property theft on the rise in Billings

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BILLINGS - A growing city with a growing trend of property crime.

Whether it's burglary, larceny, vehicle theft or arson, nearly 17 of these crimes happen each day in Billings.

In January, thefts were one of the highest calls for law enforcement. Thieves are also finding ways to fence items on social media.

Billings Police reports more stolen property is going up on apps like "LetGo" and Facebook sales pages. Officials are aware of 10 different websites and social media pages where stolen property is being sold.

The reality is getting the property back in good condition, or at all, is a difficult task.

"I've unfortunately had to make those phone calls," said Lt. Neil Lawrence of the Billings Police Department. "It's frustrating because as a police officer, a detective, you want to get that property back to those victims and you feel bad [when you don't]."

Join us tonight at 10 as Q2's Dustin Klemann looks at how social media is helping catch perpetrators and ways to protect your items even if thieves get ahold of them.

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