Remorseful thief can’t recall where he stole gun

Christmas guilt got the best of one man who called deputies and said he had stolen a gun. There was just one problem: He couldn’t remember where he stole it.

At 11:44 a.m. Tuesday, Lincoln County sheriff’s deputies received a tip about a stolen firearm. They went to the Wellfleet address, where the man, 19, told them that he and some other men had stolen the rifle.

“He felt guilty about the whole thing,” said Chief Deputy Roland Kramer.

Deputies recovered the rifle and arrested the man on suspicion of possession of a stolen firearm and aiding in the consummation of a felony.

But the man also said he and the people he was with had been drinking the night of Dec. 20 — when Kramer says the theft occurred. While the man said he stole the gun, “he couldn’t remember where,” Kramer said.

The man thought he might have taken the gun from the northeast area of Sutherland, so deputies sent an alert to residents in that area who have Smart911 access.

On Wednesday, deputies posted the information on Facebook, seeking the rifle’s rightful owner. That afternoon, a Sutherland man called and told deputies he was missing a rifle. He described the exact rifle deputies had in custody, Kramer said.

The investigation also led deputies to arrest the Wellfleet man’s brother, 18, on suspicion of possession of a stolen firearm and aiding in the consummation of a felony.

Kramer said a third arrest is possible.

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