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Gun collection stolen from Memphis officer’s home

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Police are investigating the theft of a “very large collection” of handguns, shotguns and assault rifles — and the victim in this case is one of their own.

Someone broke into an East Memphis home through a window Wednesday afternoon and opened four gun safes, making off with 17 firearms, according to a police report.

The suspects also took jewelry and $100 worth of coins from the home before escaping through the front door.

The gun safes may not have been locked, police said. The victim was away from the house for only a couple of hours when the burglary took place.

Memphis Police confirmed the victim is an MPD officer.

Neighbors said the crime makes them concerned, because it could contribute to more crime in the city.

“It’s just something to add to the crime every day in Memphis,” said Alec Jones. “It just seems like it’s getting worse and worse. Can’t even go to bed at night not worried. Locking all your doors and making sure your windows are locked.”

The officer gave the guns’ serial numbers to investigators to help them track down the weapons.

If you saw anything Wednesday afternoon, call Crime Stoppers at 901.528.CASH.