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At 8 a.m. last Saturday morning, approximately 100 District residents lined up to pick through an assortment of jewelry, electronics, and power tools. It was an unusual kind of flea market: The items on display at the 3rd District station house, at 17th and V Streets NW, belonged to some of the assembled, who had come in search of their stolen property and valuables. The stash had been seized from two major fencing operations, in Shaw and Adams Morgan. Metropolitan Police Department Detective David Swinson had contacted many of the successful reclaimers, including the owner of a box of CDs that fortunately contained a receipt with the owner’s name on it. “I guess the fencers didn’t have a market for Butterylove,” said Swinson. —Elissa Silverman