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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Fourteen rifles stolen in a Dougherty County home burglary Monday night were found by Investigators this morning buried in some woods near the home.

Now Investigators are asking for your help to find pistols that were also stolen and the thieves.

These are the rifles recovered by Dougherty County Police and Dougherty County Sheriff's Investigators this morning. Juan Garcia realized last night the gun's were missing from his house. Garcia is a gun collector and repairer, and some of these rifles are World War Two antiques that are irreplaceable.

Dougherty County Police Chief Don Cheek said "It's about getting property back to the victims, and getting weapons out of the hands of the bad guys."

Even before the burglary was discovered, a tip that men were unloading lots of rifles from a car off Impala Drive got Sheriff's Investigators on the case.

 Dougherty County Sheriff's Office Investigator Lt. Eric Miller said "Sheriff Kevin Sproul received the information from someone he knew. And he passed that information on to me."

When the guns were reported stolen, Police and Sheriff's Investigators searched and found the guns in woods.

Dougherty County Police Sgt. Danny Ball said "When we were checking the wooded area we found a newly dug hole, so we dug these guns out of this."

14 rifles, valued close to $7,000. But Investigators say there are still about a half dozen handguns taken in the burglary that are missing, so they are searching for those and three suspects.

 Cheek said "This is what it takes. It takes the community getting involved by making a phone call to any of us. We get the information to work together. Because the bottom line is we are all in this for the community."

Chief Cheek and Sheriff Sproul say finding these guns so quickly may have saved lives.

Investigators say some of the handguns were .357 calibers, some .44 magnums. If you have any information to help recover them, you could earn a reward.

Call CRIME STOPPERS at 229-436-TIPS.

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