More than $100,000 in stolen items recovered in Jefferson County, suspect arrested

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IMPERIAL, MO (KTVI)-Jefferson County detectives believe they have put a stop to a one man crime wave. Authorities say the man responsible is now in jail and they've recovered more than $100,000 in stolen items.

Capt. Ralph Brown with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department says, “A lot of times you get on these things and you uncover page after page after page of stolen goods.”

Brown says that seems to be the story of 34 year old Douglas P. Buffer. An observant deputy and an anonymous tip led police to recovering $115,000 worth of stolen items including a dump truck, a high lift tractor and trailer, a couple of A.T.V.'s, a heavy duty flat bed trailer, and a 24 foot camper trailer.

Also, police say a home for sale on Lost Trails in Imperial was emptied of three sinks, a dishwasher, microwave, stove, art work, lighting fixtures, and even an 8 person hot tub.

Buffer is facing one charge now but police are expecting more. They say he was using some of the stolen items for his paving business.

Capt. Brown says, “The one stolen dump truck, it even had his magnetic company decal over the door of the stolen truck.”

Many of the stolen items were taken within five to seven miles of the suspect's home.

Buffer bond is set at $25,000.