Irreplaceable gun collection stolen

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August 1, 2006

One of the latest burglaries in Richmond County involves thieves breaking into a south Augusta home and stealing guns.

The homeowner says it's not the value of guns but the meaning behind them that's important.

Shayna Redd returned to her Hephzibah-McBean Road home to find that it had been burglarized over the weekend.

"They broke into my kitchen window and they bothered to shut the window back and close the blind and everything," she says.

Redd believes it was more than one person because so much was taken.

The burglars cleaned out $160 worth of groceries and a gun collection.

"There were two 12 gauge singled barreled shotguns, one was camouflaged."

The shotguns can't be replaced. They were her 14-year-old son's collection.

Adam was hit and killed while riding his bike two years ago.

"I would give anything to have the guns back," Redd says.

But just as important, Redd wants to make sure the guns aren't used to commit a crime.

Maj. Ken Autry tells News 12 the majority of guns that are stolen are later sold on the illegal market.

"Usually burglars take anything they can easily sell, carry easily, a weapon fits that bill," he says.

"I would love to have the guns back, and I pray that they are not used in any kind of shooting," says Redd.

Investigators say burglaries are up this year compared to last year.

So far up until June of this year there have been 252 burglaries, compared to 195 over the same time period last year.