Stolen firearms recovered in Effingham County

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SPRINGFIELD, GA. -- Effingham County sheriff's officials have recovered a cache of stolen firearms, including rifles, shotguns and handguns, at a residence in the northern portion of the county.

Sheriff's spokesman David Ehsanipoor said the weapons were believed to have been taken from residential burglaries in Effingham and possibly Jasper County in South Carolina.

Area residents who believe they may have had firearms stolen over the past year are asked to contact sheriff's officials.

"Now that more than two dozen firearms have been recovered, our goal is to return the firearms to their respective owners," Ehsanipoor said. "Over the last several weeks, deputies have been conducting traces through the (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms), which only provides the names of the original purchasers. Many of those weapons, however, have been sold or traded to other people."

Area gun owners are urged to write down serial numbers from their personal weapons and keep them in a safe place.

"Our investigators were unable to obtain information for some of the firearms stolen in the past several months because their owners could not provide serial numbers," Ehsanipoor said.

Ehsanipoor said that information is vital to enter into the national crime center database that could help locate weapons if they are ever sold or traded again.

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