Happy endings aren't just in Hollywood


August 6, 2012, 01:56 AM
I just thought that I'd share the good news.

My beloved second generation Glock 19 was stolen from my home over two years ago while I was working the night shift, and those who've been through similar circumstances will understand the emptiness I felt. It was rather like having one of your children lost "out there", not knowing their fate and wondering what had become of them. It took me months to track down and purchase a replacement but even though that, too, was a second generation it just wasn't the same. I faithfully preserved the original box from my first, hoping against hope that perhaps one day it would be found but as the months turned into years that hope gradually faded. Still, I continued to fax over the necessary paperwork every six months to my local police department, ensuring that it remained listed in their system.

Then last December came the call I'd always dreamt of receiving - my firearm had been recovered, though in another jurisdiction. A group of youths in a nearby city had drawn the attention of a neighbor who'd telephoned the police. Upon their arrival one in particular began acting suspiciously, and when the officers attempted to single him out for questioning he suddenly bolted, throwing aside the pistol in his frenzied flight. While his partner recovered the weapon the officer chased down and apprehended the suspect, who copped out to a guilty plea for illegal possession and a handgun violation. I was subsequently given a both a referral and case identification number, and promptly phoned to claim it.

It took nearly nine months of waiting, dozens of phone calls, notarized forms, and the patience of Job but eventually I was contacted by an officer in the evidence control department and arrangements were made for me to come down to the office to sign for it. It was returned along with the casings from the test firing they'd performed, comparing it with unsolved homicides in the area. It was in perfect condition apart from the scratches it had received being tossed onto concrete, and the evidence control numbers which had not only been written on the receiver with a Sharpie but also scratched into the underside of the trigger guard - probably with a Dremel. Still, those were a small price to pay to have my baby back home where she belongs.

Now, as I type these words, she's resting on the desk beside me. A little older, a little wiser, tattooed and somewhat battle scarred from her ordeal, but still reliable and best of all - mine.

Sometimes they do come back. :)

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August 6, 2012, 01:57 AM
Great story!

August 6, 2012, 03:21 AM
I am so happy you got it back, but did the pd have to damage it so much? Would a tag have worked? Glad your loved one made it home.

August 6, 2012, 06:23 AM
Got to love that kind of happy ending! It pays to be persistant too!

August 6, 2012, 06:59 AM
glad you got it back any idea if the kid who had it was the one who stole it from you?

August 6, 2012, 07:50 AM
I had a Taurus M66 stolen from my truck in 1989 (August, I think.) It was recovered in August or September of 1991, after a drive-by shooting in a city south of where I had been living (I had moved northward in the interem.) Seems the PD got into a car chase with four suspects in the shooting. The car chase devolved into a foot chase during which all four suspects threw down guns, mine being one of them. It was determined not to have been involved in that particular shooting, and was not linked to any other crime. It did come back to me with a few nicks and other battle scars from spending two years running the streets, but it still performs well.
Good to hear about yours.

August 6, 2012, 08:09 AM
I had a similar situation. I had my S&W 6906 in my car in front of the house. I come out in the morning and find the car door unlocked. I think I must have left it open. Then I put the key in the ignition, an lo and behold, the ignition has been punched out, as someone tried to steal the car. And my 6906 is missing, of course. I report to the local police, worrying that the gun will be used to harm some poor innocent in the meantime.

4 days later I get a call from the police. They have found my gun. Seems that they had a group of bad guys under surveillance at a local trailer park, and one of the officers was looking through a window of the trailer and saw my gun on a table inside. The gun was returned to me not too long after,completely unmarked. I couldn't believe it.

It is a terrible feeling when something like this is stolen and it was a great relief when I got it back. With all of the ammunition, by the way.

August 6, 2012, 08:33 AM
No, I have no idea whether the kid (he's only just turned eighteen, apparently) was the one who'd actually stolen it. It could easily have changed hands several times over the years, whether traded for drugs or stolen from an accomplice - perhaps even swapped for another weapon. God only knows what it's been through, or where the truth actually lies. According to his plea deal he'll do a year for the handgun violation. It was originally three, but two were suspended - most likely due to prison overcrowding and budget constraints. He's still got to face the judge for the probation violation, however, and his record shows yet another arrest for possession with intent to manufacture. Hopefully he'll get his life together before it's too late.

Fortunately my loss that fateful night was limited solely to the Glock because all my other firearms were secured in the safe. I'd only forgotten to put this one back because I'd overslept and was running late for work. That's a mistake I've not made since nor will I ever again. Learn from my mistake and lock everything up when you're away from home.

Jinx D'jinn
August 6, 2012, 01:02 PM
Any way of getting that sharpie writing off?

August 6, 2012, 01:08 PM
Acetone will remove sharpie instantly.

August 6, 2012, 03:12 PM
I wonder if they would electropencil the Crown Jewels if they ended up in evidence after a burglary?

August 6, 2012, 03:27 PM
Don't put forth that dare, surely there would be takers.

August 6, 2012, 03:54 PM
I wouldn't want the police scratching an officer's name or evidence number into the paintjob on my Ferrari (if I owned one) either, and they probably wouldn't. They don't HAVE to do it to guns, either, but no one seems to have told them that (probably been going on for 75-80 years). To me, it shows a lack of common sense, and a lack of respect for the true owner's property. Anything that is manufactured with a stamped serial number...why would you need to mark it to identfy it?

August 6, 2012, 03:56 PM
Anything that is manufactured with a stamped serial number...why would you need to mark it to identfy it?

No kidding. Just... cross reference the number.

August 6, 2012, 08:35 PM
it shows a lack of common sense, and a lack of respect for the true owner's property

This. And aren't those the very same characteristics in the young man the police relieved the weapon from...:scrutiny:


August 6, 2012, 08:56 PM
Acetone will remove sharpie instantly.
So will a dry-erase marker - the two use a similar fast-evaporating liquid, so a dry-erase is a pretty good solvent for permanent marker, just write over and wipe off a few times.

(that is, if you don't feel like acetone fumes on a given day)

August 7, 2012, 12:43 AM
I don't mind the markings so much. As I said, they're a small price to pay to have her back again. I'd already tried a few household cleaners, but hadn't considered Acetone. Are you sure it won't permanently stain the polymer? I wouldn't want to replace writing with a permanent discoloring.

And all the officers I dealt with were exceptionally friendly and helpful. In fact I'm writing letters to their commanding officers thanking them for their service. It's probably been a long time since they've experienced gratitude. Maybe it'll cheer them up some to know that they are appreciated.....even if we do dislike seeing them in our rear view mirrors when we've pushed the pedal down a bit too far. :p

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