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Rare rifle taken in Marion County burglary

LONGVIEW,TX (KLTV)- There were less than 12 ever made, and now, a rare rifle has turned up missing from one east Texas family's home. Marion County authorities say the rifle was stolen in a burglary at a home on Boondock road at Lake O the Pines. Someone threw a brick through a back window and burglarized the Gary home while they were away, stealing the usual things.

"They got a forty two inch flat screen TV, an hp laptop, a dell laptop," says resident Amanda Gary.

But one item was priceless to the whole family. A model ninety four 30/30 Winchester limited edition, set gold coin and railroad spike engraved. Passed down from father to son, it had been in the family for 5 generations.

"It belonged to my great-great-grandfather, Grandpa Chapman. Its pretty important , my grandfather died when he had it in his hands," says 17 year old Jessie Hawkins , who had the rifle handed down to him from his father.

Less than a dozen of the model were ever made. Appraised at $15,000, it was kept in working order over the decades by the men of the family.

"I called my dad an let him know and he kind of broke out in tears about it he was pretty mad," Jessie says.

Family members wonder if the thieves even know what they have.

"I don't think they know what they have at all," Amanda says.

Authorities confirmed they are looking for the rare rifle. The family wants their heirloom back.

"just give the gun back and they can have everything else," says Amanda.

Anyone with information on this burglary , or the whereabouts of the Winchester , is asked to call the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

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