ELIZABETHTON — Burglars broke into the Blue Springs Gun Shop while owner Melvin Gary Oliver and his wife went to church Sunday morning, stealing more than $15,000 worth of guns, ammunition and cash.
The burglary was reported to the Carter County Sheriff’s Department by Oliver’s wife, Moira Joan Oliver. She told Deputy Brady Higgins that she and her husband went to different churches on Sunday. Mrs. Oliver said she left around 9:30 a.m. and when she returned around noon, she found the garage door open.
Mrs. Oliver said when she went inside, she noticed the gun cabinets had been emptied and all the handguns were missing. She then went outside and waited for her husband to return.
Oliver said when he went into his office, he noticed most of the shotguns and rifles were missing from where they had been placed on the walls. He noticed the faceplate on the front of his safe had been torn off and approximately $1,000 in cash and checks were missing.
When they checked the rest of the residence, the Olivers said they found the back door slightly open and three shotguns lying on the kitchen counter next to the back door.
Sgt. Larry Vaughn and Investigator James Stevens found pry marks on the rear door and the lock.
Among the items reported stolen were:
• Smith and Wesson 20-gauge shotgun, valued at $700.
• Remington 12-gauge shotgun, valued at $600.
• Colt Police .32-20 revolver, valued at $600.
• Remingnton 1187 12-gauge shotgun, valued at $600.
• Taurus Model 1911 .45-caliber pistol, valued at $575.
• Charles Daly Field 12-gauge pump shotgun, valued at $500.
• Charter Arms Chic Lady .38-caliber pink pistol, valued at $477.
• Stoeger Condor 12-gauge over and under shotgun, valued at $450.
• Cimarron Model 1911 .45-caliber pistol, valued at $450.
• Browning Buckmark. .22-caliber pistol, valued at $419.
• Charter Arms Pathfinder .22-caliber pistol, valued at $412.
• Taurus .327 revolver, valued at $409.
• SKB 1300 Upland 12-gauge shotgun, valued at $400.
• Marlin 336 lever action .30-30, valued at $400.
• Marlin 30as lever action .30-30, valued at $400.
Stolen ammunition included 20 boxes of 9 mm Federal ammunition, with a total value of $700; 20 boxes of .45-caliber ACP ammunition with a total value of $800; and five boxes of .45-caliber long Colt ammunition, with a total value of $225.