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DeKalb County Police need burglary victims to identify recovered items

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DEKALB COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

When Dustin Kirchner saw a picture of an old shotgun on TV Tuesday he couldn't believe his eyes.

"I cried when I saw that picture, said Kirchner. "It's just very, very sentimental."

Kirchner's house was broken into last August. The thieves stole several valuable items but none as valuable as his family heirloom.

"It took a lot to get over and I thought I would never see it again and be able to hand down to my kids. Seeing that on the news it literally made me cry," said Kirchner.

Kirchner said both he and his father learned about gun safety and how to shoot with the 12-gauge.

"That is my great grandfather's shotgun that was handed down from him to my grandfather, and then handed down to my father and handed down to me. It was going to eventually be handed down to my son," Kirchner said.

DeKalb County police recovered it and many other items when they busted, what they called a 'stash house,' on Crestdale Circle in Southeast Atlanta Tuesday.

This bust was a result of neighbors like Jesse Leblanc. He spotted a suspected burglar and called the police. His efforts led to the arrest of Travione Reynolds.

"They [police] can only do so much, we can only do so much, but as a community this is what we can do as a whole," said Leblanc.

Police also arrested Jeffrey Wallace Sr. and his son Jeffrey Wallace Jr. They lived in the house where all those stolen items were recovered.

Lt. Brian DeLoach said the tough part is finding out who those stolen items belong to.

"It is difficult because a lot of people don't record their serial numbers from their TV or any type of electronics. With their jewelry they should take pictures of it," said DeLoach.

If you live in East Atlanta or South DeKalb County and your home or car was broken into within the past six months call the department's south precinct at 404-286-7911.

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