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Gun stolen in Tallahassee resurfaces in Thomasville two decades later

Posted at 5:24 PM, Aug 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-13 18:44:17-04

THOMASVILLE, Ga. — A gun stolen two decades ago in Tallahassee reappears across the state border.

Thomasville Police say the Norinco assault rifle was stolen in 1999.

A woman turned it in to police through the buyback program after having it in her family for about 15 years. Police plan to give it back to the rightful owner after further investigation.

Sergeant Scott Newberry sees this as proof that the program is working.

"As a gun owner, I'd love to get my gun back if it ever got stolen so it's like getting something back that's been stolen a long time," saidSgt. Newberry.

Police don't think the gun was connected to any crimes.

The buyback program has gotten 25 weapons off the street in the past few weeks and has given out more than $2,000 in VISA gift cards in return.

Thomasville Police say if you'd like to hand over a gun, go to the police department and leave the gun in the car.

They will walk out and take it, no questions asked.