Commemorative gun returned to owners after 20+ years - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Commemorative gun returned to owners after 20+ years

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Bob and Sue Bybee's business was robbed back in 1992, but now they're getting some of their property back, 22 years later.

The thief stole a watch that belonged to Sue’s father, valuable family heirlooms and a pair of treasured commemorative guns.

The Bybees were also the proud owners of two Colt .45 Special Battleship Edition guns from the USS Missouri and the USS Texas, until their business, American United Life Insurance, was robbed

The thief got away with both commemorative guns.

But now, sheriff’s deputies in south Texas have helped reunite the owners with one of their two rare guns.

Sergeant Investigator Bo Roberts with the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Department just happened to be answering the phones when Starr County, near Rio Grande City, came calling.

They had made an amazing discovery during a drug raid and recovered the Colt .45 USS Texas edition.

“I didn’t think we would ever see it again,” Bob Bybee said.

“In my experience, 22 years is the most I’ve seen as far as time span for the recovery of stolen items,” Roberts said.

This gun is one of only 500 made, with a serial number that makes it one of a kind.

"The important thing here is to remember that if serial numbers are registered, we have a better chance of finding and returning what is stolen,” Sheriff Kelly Rowe said.

The USS Texas gun was returned, but the USS Missouri remains missing.

The Bybees still own the empty box, hoping someday it will be recovered.

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