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Anglers point ECSO to stolen musical equipment
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Sheriff’s deputies recovered several items believed to have been stolen from a church. The drums above had a hole punched in them. - photo by Photo courtesy of ECSO

A call from a fisherman may help the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office land suspects in a break-in and burglary from last week.

Deputies were notified of musical equipment found near Abercorn Landing early Monday afternoon, and investigators have determined the items were the same ones stolen last week from a school where a church was having its services.

Fishermen who entered Abercorn Creek from Abercorn Landing around 11:30 a.m. Monday didn’t see anything when they went out on their fishing expedition. When they returned an hour and a half later, they saw a drum set on the riverbank, according to Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie.

Deputies were called out, and they identified the equipment as some of the pieces stolen from Marlow Learning Center, where the International Worship Center is conducting services until its new sanctuary is built.

A diver was sent into the creek to search for more missing items, and another drum set and an amplifier were recovered.

“There are still several guitars missing, and a lot of the equipment we haven’t found yet,” McDuffie said.

Investigators have been visiting local pawn shops and music stores to see if any of the equipment has been brought in for resale. The pieces recovered Monday had holes punched into them. The value of the equipment discovered Monday is between $3,000 and $4,000, McDuffie added. As much as $20,000 in equipment is believed to have been stolen.

“We’re still on the lookout for missing equipment,” the sheriff said.

Investigators think the suspects were at Abercorn Landing between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday. Anyone who may have seen anything during that time is asked to call the ECSO at 754-3449.