Fresno police recovered more valuable antiques taken during a large-scale burglary in September in northwest Fresno.
The property, which included old farm equipment, engravings and other items, originally were from the Sherian Ranch along the San Joaquin River near Highway 99 in Madera County. Other high-dollar items still are missing from the farm, owned by the family of Gerald Schmavonian.
The equipment was taken from a garage near Prospect and Sierra avenues. Schmavonian was preparing to loan antique French-made sulfur sprayers made of copper and brass to a museum in France for display when they were stolen.
They were recovered earlier this year by a man who said he saw them at a vacant lot sale at Marks and Olive avenues. However, Schmavonian indicated details about how the items came to be in the lot and how they were recovered are convoluted. Schmavonian said he paid the man $500 to return the items.
The items recovered last week include the engravings, etchings and an early 1960s Chevrolet Corvette windshield. Still missing are an old-time large penny scale and a Japanese clay smoker.
Fresno police Sgt. Carl McKnight said a “lot of work” went into recovering the items. He asked that anyone with information about the smoker or the scale call Crime Stoppers at 559-498-STOP.