- Associated Press - Saturday, September 26, 2015

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - Authorities say they’re looking for burglars targeting guns in homes in rural Lee and Itawamba counties.

Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal () that guns are being stolen in an “extraordinary” number of house burglaries. Officials believe the same people are committing many of the burglaries.

As many as 11 guns have been taken in a single burglary.

Johnson and other officials are urging people to lock up houses and guns safes to deter thefts, as well as to take pictures and record serial numbers.

The sheriff says deputies have been told that guns are being exchanged for illegal drugs. He says officials haven’t been able to find any that were sold to gun dealers or pawn shops.


Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, https://djournal.com

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