Effingham County Sheriff’s investigators have recovered 23 suspected stolen firearms including rifles, shotguns and handguns at a residence in north Effingham County.
Deputies believe that some of the weapons may have been stolen in residential burglaries in Effingham and possibly Jasper County, S.C.
Deputies have confirmed that at least four of the firearms were stolen in area burglaries. Persons having firearms stolen over the last year are urged to contact investigators with the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office.
“It’s a relief that nearly two dozen firearms are off the streets,” said Effingham Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie. “It’s a credit to the work of the investigators.”
Investigators were unable to enter some of the firearms stolen in the past several months into NCIC/GCIC because owners were unable to provide serial numbers.
Over the past several months, ECSO investigators have been following leads that led up to this recovery.
Now that nearly two dozen firearms have been recovered, the sheriff’s department wants to return the weapons to their rightful owners. Over the past several weeks, deputies have conducted traces through the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, which only provides the original purchasers. Many of those weapons have been sold or traded to other persons.
Charges are pending in the case, said ECSO spokesman Detective David Ehsanipoor, and the investigation is continuing.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Bradley with the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office at 754-3449.