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Burglary victim wants guns returned

Saxton says it's been ten days and he feels his firearms should have been returned by now.   Source: WLBT Saxton says it's been ten days and he feels his firearms should have been returned by now. Source: WLBT
That night, friends told him they recognized his stolen items during a WLBT newscast, from video a photographer shot.   Source: WLBT That night, friends told him they recognized his stolen items during a WLBT newscast, from video a photographer shot. Source: WLBT
"Very good cop work, recovering the stuff. I just would like for them to finish the job," Saxton said.   Source: WLBT "Very good cop work, recovering the stuff. I just would like for them to finish the job," Saxton said. Source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A burglary victim whose guns were stolen and recovered more than a week ago says he's frustrated the weapons haven't been returned.

On July 8, Hinds County resident Shane Saxton says his home was burglarized, several guns and other items stolen.

"We're approximating $14,000 worth of stuff: about $10,000 in camera equipment and probably a little over $4,000 in guns," Saxton said.

That night, friends told him they recognized his stolen items during a WLBT newscast, from video a photographer shot.

"They called me and said, 'Hey man, your guns and some of your stuff's on the news,'" Saxton said. "And of course, they send me the video and it's blatantly my guns because they're customized, very easy to see."

Saxton says it's been ten days and he feels his firearms should have been returned by now.

However, Jackson Police Officer Colendula Green said when it comes to firearms, there are special considerations.

Green said officers have to trace the weapon, send it to the crime lab and perform analysis on each weapon to see if those guns have been involved in any criminal activity.

Not doing so, Green says, could make the department liable if it turns out one of those weapons was connected to another case after the fact.

"They're telling me, you know, they have to make sure no other crime's been committed with the weapon, so I understand that," Saxton said. "The only thing that scares me about it is they act like they don't have some of them or are working on finding them somewhere in their department."

Officer Green said the firearms are accounted for and still being tested at the department.

"Very good cop work, recovering the stuff. I just would like for them to finish the job," Saxton said.

Finishing the job may take a while, because authorities say that investigation is ongoing.

Saxton's home is one of several places in the county burglarized over the last month.

The Hinds County Sheriff's Department is lead agency on this case.

Of the four taken into custody back on July 8 at Boling Street in Jackson, one of those was 20-year-old William Weeden.

He bonded out and was then arrested for a commercial burglary in Clinton earlier this week.

Hinds County Sheriff's Department spokesman Othor Cain says Weeden and 18-year-old Edward Burtts will be charged with seven counts of house burglary.

Weeden will also be charged with four counts of felon in possession of a firearm.

On top of that, they also face additional charges from Madison County.

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