Stolen guns recovered
Posted By Sparta Live | January 31, 2013 12:00 am
Detective Jacob Groce of White County Sheriff Department recently received a tip about a large cache of firearms that had been stolen that led to the recovery and return to their rightful owner within five days of the theft, thanks to the owner keeping records of the serial numbers.
According to Public Information Officer Detective Chris Isom, Det. Groce, Det. Isom and Sheriff Oddie Shoupe went to the residence of the alleged perpetrator, on Computer Lane, located at the southernmost tip of White County. Officers spoke with the alledged suspect, Jeffery McCloud, who lived at the residence with his uncle.
Det. Isom said McCloud gave officers a full confession, reportedly stating he took his uncle’s collection of 15 guns while his uncle was at church with his family on Jan. 24. He also reportedly told officers the name of the individual to whom he sold the guns .
The officers then spoke with the person that had reportedly bought the guns, and Det. Isom said he was very cooperative, turning the weapons over to law enforcement.
So far, 13 of the 15 guns have been recovered in five days. The sheriff department is still attempting to locate the last two.
The owner of the guns, Charles Cole, who is also McCloud’s uncle, said while he is grateful to have most of his collection back, he is deeply saddened by his nephew’s alleged actions.
Sheriff Oddie Shoupe said this case epitomizes why residents should keep track of the serial numbers of valuable items. “This is how we return stolen items,” Shoupe said. “If we can identify their owner, we will get them back as soon as we can clear them.”
Sheriff Shoupe said he is also appreciative of residents who wish to provide tips to the department, and assures their identity will be protected.
McCloud has been arrested and charged with theft over $1,000.