Civil War Rifle Stolen From Murfreesboro Home

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Thieves got away with several guns in Murfreesboro, including a Civil War rifle, and now the homeowner has been hoping to have them returned.

Michael Johnson, age 61, returned home from a long work-shift Wednesday to find his home's back door bent.

"I back in the driveway, I grab my coffee cup, my phone. I came to the back door," he said.

After noticing a possible break-in, he called 911. 

After officers cleared the house, Johnson discovered shotguns, rifles, hand guns, and jewelry were stolen from a gun cabinet and his bedroom. He checked his closet to also find out that his great-grandfather's gun had ended up in the wrong hands.

"It's a cap and ball gun. It was a rifle that was used in the Civil War," he said.

The gun is worth more than $25,000.

Johnson's dad passed it on to him. His memories shattered like the glass from his gun cabinet.

"It makes me very nervous. I've got some nice electronics they didn't bother. I've got some tools they didn't bother. The only thing they took were guns and jewelry. They wiped me out what else can I say," he said.

Johnson said he's unsure who could've broken into his home and robbed him of his family's heirlooms. 

His daughter has hoped to have them returned so she can keep the family tradition alive.

"It would actually make me feel really great to have them returned because like my dad said they are part of our family's history. They could be brought down to me and my brother," Megan Johnson said.

The homeowner said he no longer feels safe.

He's considered moving, but before he does, he said he hopes the guns are returned.

Anyone with information has been asked to contact the Murfreesboro Police Department.

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