Guns, valuables stolen in Cherokee Co. burglaries

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Burglars made off with a cache of weapons in a Cherokee County burglary and now authorities are looking for the person(s) responsible.

On July 12, an elderly couple reported their home in the Gallatin Community on FM 22 near Jacksonville was broken into between 9:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on the previous day. The homeowners noticed something was wrong when a gun was noticed missing from the beside. The couple noticed more guns were missing the following day.

Law enforcement officials believe the burglars forced their way through a side door.

The thieves were able to steal a long list of firearms valued at more than $3,000:

  • Williams M200, 12ga shotgun; Value of $275
  • Remington Speed master .22, Model 522 rifle; Value of $450
  • Inland M1, 30cal Carbine; Value of $1,000
  • Winchester .22LR Model 77 rifle; Value of $300
  • Unknown brand 9mm, semi-automatic pistol; Value of $300
  • Unknown brand .22LR, nine shot revolver; Value of $300
  • Unknown brand 10ga, double barrel shotgun; Value of $200
  • Unknown brand 12ga pump shotgun; Value of $200

In a separate burglary reported on July 28, deputies received a call around 11 a.m. about a boathouse on Lake Palestine at Eagle’s Bluff docks that had been targeted by thieves.

When authorities made it to the scene, they discovered six more boathouses had been burglarized. Most of the homes were broken into through kicked-in doors or broken glass doors.

Once inside the suspect stole flat screen TV’s, stereo systems, and other high value items.
        
After leaving the scene, the deputy was again contacted by one of the boathouse owners who reported a security camera in their kitchen had pictures of the burglar.  It was determined from those images that the burglaries occurred during the early morning hours of July 27. 

The man is described as a white male, approximately 5’8″ – 5’10”, 140-170lbs, and looks to be 20-30 years old.  He has a tattoo across his upper chest, from shoulder to shoulder, in large bold script; a large tattoo on the outside of his right forearm of a rose; a tattoo in bold script on the blade of his right hand; and a large tattoo of an unknown image on the underside of his left forearm.

It’s not know if the burglaries are related.

The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help in identifying the suspect in the provided photos.

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