Utah man gets stolen gun back after 37 years

Richard Pittenger, the Utah man who filed a stolen property report on his 20-gauge shotgun 37 years ago, stands holding it with Salt Lake City Police Detectives Rod Van Scoy, center and Cody Lougy, right, after it was returned at the Public Safety Building Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Richard Pittenger says he was 16 years old and taking a girl out on a date in 1977 when he walked out of a Salt Lake City restaurant to find the window of his truck smashed and his shotgun missing.

Now, decades later, he got the weapon back Wednesday after it turned up in an Oregon sporting goods store and a serial number search connected it with his long-ago police report.

Salt Lake City Police Det. Rod Van Scoy says he’s investigating where the gun has been for 37 years, though they believe it changed hands at least three times.

Now 53, Pittenger says he used the 20-gauge shotgun to shoot rabbits with his friends. Though he replaced the gun and his hobbies are different, he never forgot the break-in.


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