PD: Baseball memorabilia collection stolen from Gilbert home is recovered by police

Posted at 11:23 AM, Oct 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-20 14:23:58-04

A victim took action to get back his stolen baseball memorabilia collection.

Court records show that a baseball memorabilia collection worth $5,000 was stolen from a Gilbert home by a former resident of the home. 

Police report that there were two burglaries of a Gilbert home near Guadalupe and Higley roads on October 4 and 6. The suspect, later identified as 23-year-old Nicholas Julbe, was a former resident of the home before it was sold to the victim, and participated in the burglary according to police.

The victim reported to police that "multiple high-end signed baseball cards, jerseys, baseballs, and bats were stolen from his home."

The victim called around to various friends in the baseball memorabilia industry and asked them to be on the look out for his stolen items.

A shop from Scottsdale contacted police saying that someone had contacted them seeking to sell some of the items that were stolen.

Police and the buyer set up a buy and met Julbe in a parking lot. However, as Julbe returned to his car to get the items he got scared off as he saw an officer in the parking lot. 

Julbe went home but was stopped by police in his driveway. He ran off on foot but was soon apprehended.

Police found several of the stolen items in Julbe's car and bedroom.

Julbe is currently on probation for multiple crimes and is now being charged with burglary, theft, and trafficking in stolen property.