Wash. State Patrol badge stolen 7 years ago found on eBay

SEATTLE -- A Washington State Patrol badge stolen more than seven years ago was found where most things eventually seem to wind up these days: for sale on eBay.

Lt. Shane Nelson said someone saw the badge for sale on the online auction site and reported it to the State Patrol.

The State Patrol checked to see if the badge was valid, and records showed it was stolen more than seven years ago. Alas, the records did not include the circumstances of the theft.

The Las Vegas Police Department visited the badge's Las Vegas-based seller on behalf of the Washington State Patrol and recovered the badge.

Nelson said it does not appear the seller is the person who originally stole the badge; nor does it appear the badge was being sold for any sort of nefarious purpose.