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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - When burglars break into homes, they often look for guns. Recovering those stolen guns is difficult because so many gun owners don't record their gun serial numbers.

Dougherty County Police say they can't put the stolen weapon information into a national crime database without the serial number. That hurts their chances of locating the gun. 

"We have access to data bases at pawn shops and other areas where we might check to discover if someone's had possession of that particular item," said Dougherty County Police Capt. Jimmy Sexton.

They encourage gun owners to keep the serial number and make of the gun along with a photo in a safe place, so if their weapon is ever taken, police will have what they need to track the weapon down.

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