Stolen gun returned to rightful owner’s heir after 44 years.

June 21, 2019

This gun is similar to the one that was stolen 44 years ago.

Stolen gun returned to rightful owner’s heir after 44 years.


By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

HART – A Ruger Single-Six .22-caliber handgun that was stolen in Mason County in 1975 found its way to back its rightful owner’s heir thanks to the Oceana County Sheriff’s Office.

“A gentleman came to register the gun he got from a family member,” said Oceana County Sheriff Craig Mast. “Upon running the gun, it was discovered that it was stolen in Mason County in 1975.”

The man got the gun from his mother who had it registered at the sheriff’s office, but the deputy who registered it in 1979 read a wrong number, so it was not flagged as a stolen gun.

This triggered the sheriff’s office personnel to do some research to find out who rightfully owned the gun, and they discovered that the original owner has since passed away. But they got in touch with the gun owner’s heir, and he came to the sheriff’s office and picked up the gun, getting it registered in his name. The heir is an Oceana County resident.

Mast said there is no way to determine who stole the gun, because records do not date back that far.

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