Stolen shotguns returned to youth sports club

Stolen shotguns returned to youth sports club

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Guns returned to Fairfield Glade Sportsman's Club in Cumberland County Guns returned to Fairfield Glade Sportsman's Club in Cumberland County

By JILL MCNEAL
6 News Anchor/Reporter

CROSSVILLE (WATE) - Ten shotguns stolen from a youth sports club have been returned. The burglary happened at the Fairfield Glade Sportsman's Club in Cumberland County. The thieves used a sledge hammer to knock the dead bolt off the front door and a crow bar to pry open the locked cabinet where guns, ammunition and cash were stored.  

Members of club believe the publicity this case got turned it from a simple theft case into a community cause and ultimately led to the return of the stolen shotguns.

"He was a former athlete in the program and as soon as he saw the media, he wanted to return them to the program," club president Chuck Burgess said.

Burgess said the man, who doesn't want to be identified, didn't know where the guns came from when he got them.

"I was amazed someone would bring them back. I was filled with joy that we didn't have to work to repay all the money," said youth shooting team member Allyson Petersen. 

The club has decided to beef up security. They've replaced the broken door and installed an alarm system. They won't be keeping lots of cash or equipment inside anymore.

"We just want to thank all the viewers, everybody that's helped with this, law enforcement. Thank you to the media and all the citizens that came together and rallied around this," Burgess said.

The Cumberland County Sheriff's Department has made a couple of arrests and recovered most of the stolen ammunition, though they haven't provided details.   

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