15 years later, man gets stolen rifle back

ERWIN, Tenn. (AP) -- An East Tennessee man who had a rifle taken in a burglary 15 years ago didn't expect to see it again.

But Unicoi County resident Harry Rigdon got the Model 94 Winchester .30-30 rifle back last week after someone tried to sell the rifle to a store in Clackamas County, Ore. The store checked the serial number of the rifle and it came up stolen.

Rigdon told the Johnson City Press that he was grateful to have the rifle back mostly because of its sentimental value. He said he purchased the gun for his son to use on his first youth hunt. He said his son killed his first deer with the rifle, which was then displayed in their home until it was stolen in December 1996.

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