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Thousands in weapons stolen from Cheatham County home

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ASHLAND CITY, TN (WSMV) -

A man left town for the weekend and came home to find his house broken into and his gun safe, containing thousands of dollars worth of weapons, gone.

Now, police fear those weapons could be on the streets and even in your community.

Cheatham County deputies think thieves may have been keeping an eye on the victim's house on Bearwallow Road for quite some time. Friday night, while the owner was out of town, they went in and somehow stole a large safe with a lot of weapons.

"The contents of the safe were an assortment of long guns, pistols, rifles and shotguns," said Lt. Shannon Heflin with the Cheatham County Sheriff's Department. "There was also a knife collection."

Deputies are now worried the weapons could end up in the wrong hands.

"We're not seeing that the guns that are being taken are going to the pawn shops, which makes it easier for us to get back," Heflin said. "What we're seeing is that these weapons and these guns are going straight to the streets and being sold to individuals."

The owner of the safe says he had about $10,000 to $12,000 worth of weapons inside it. It weighed about 550 pounds, leading police to believe the theft wasn't a one person job.

"According to the victim, the safe was so large that it would have had to have taken two to three people to get the safe out of the residence and a truck to haul it away in," Heflin said.

Now they're asking for your help in finding the thieves.

"If there's anyone in the Cheatham County, Bearwallow Road area would've seen anyone with a truck carrying a large black safe in the back end of it, please give us a call," Heflin said.

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