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Beloved Worth Co. man burglarized, prized gun stolen

Stuart Sumner is the victim of a burglary. (Source: Facebook) Stuart Sumner is the victim of a burglary. (Source: Facebook)
Sumner said burglars broke into his house and stole TVs. (Source: WALB) Sumner said burglars broke into his house and stole TVs. (Source: WALB)
Someone stole Sumner's guns, too. (Source: WALB) Someone stole Sumner's guns, too. (Source: WALB)
WORTH CO., GA (WALB) -

A man who has captured the hearts of many folks here in south Georgia is now the target of a heartbreaking crime. 

WALB first met Stuart Sumner in Worth County in October of 2016 when he shot and killed his first buck. 

Stuart has cerebral palsy, and it was his life goal to shoot a buck. 

Now, the gun Stuart used to kill that buck is no longer in a case inside his home. 

Stuart said crooks broke into his home and stole it, along with other guns, TVs, and electronics. 

Stuart's sister Laura Cooper said this wasn't just a burglary. 

"Alarm, cameras, anything you can imagine. This won't happen again," said Cooper.

In just a matter of hours, someone broke in through a side window, and stole items that carried so many memories for Stuart.

"My heart broke," she said. "I immediately just cried. It just absolutely tore my heart out."

It all happened while Stuart was away at work on Monday. 

"Stuart came home, he had been to eat. He immediately noticed his TV was gone," Laura said. 

Stuart, unable to clearly express what happened verbally, texted his family a picture.

"He took a picture of his TV missing," she said. "That's when we realized he had been broken into." 

But his TVs weren't the only things missing.

Crooks got into his gun case, stealing one of Stu's most treasured possessions: his gun he shot to kill his first buck.

"He works so hard to have everything that he has," she said. "And to know that someone knew what he had, someone knew his situation, and continued to prey on him, that is about as low as you can go. That is heart wrenching."

Laura said Stuart's laptop was stolen too, which held pictures from his hunting trips. 

"At this point, we just want his guns back, we want his computer back," said Laura. "That's all we ask. Just for him to have these back."

And with those items returned, Stu's infectious smile will too. 

If you have any information, call the Worth County Sheriff's office at (229) 776-8211.

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