METROPOLIS, Ill. -- According to information released from Massac County Sheriff Chad Kaylor, a search warrant was executed the evening of Sept. 9 in the 2900 block of North Avenue. The search warrant was obtained following an investigation dating back to early 2019.

Kaylor said the Massac County Sheriff's Office has been conducting the joint investigation with the McCracken County Sheriff's Office, the Metropolis Police Department, Paducah Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigations and Illinois Secretary of State Police.

"We were overwhelmed by what we saw there," said Kaylor, adding, "I believe we ended up taking eight truckloads and two trailer loads of what we believe were stolen items from the residence."

Kaylor believes the theft is connected to other thefts in the region and possibly a criminal organization and he wants to shut it down.

Massac County sheriff's deputies have located numerous stolen vehicles that have been recycled locally. Deputies learned that the stolen vehicles, along with other stolen items, were being run through the residence in the 2900 block of North Avenue.

During the search warrant on Sept. 9, deputies recovered a stolen ATV, trailer, generators, pressure washers, power tools, vehicle parts, drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine.

Deputies had received information that evidence was being burnt and buried in the yard at the residence. Kaylor said Massac County Highway Department assisted by bringing in digging equipment. Evidence related to stolen vehicles was located underground.

The investigation remains ongoing and arrests are expected as well as charges on individuals already in custody.

The McCracken County Sheriff's Office, Illinois Secretary of State Police, Massac County Highway Department and the Massac County Office of Emergency Management assisted the Massac County Sheriff's Office during the execution of the search warrant.