Mississippi widow desperate to find husband's stolen gun, badge

(WMC-TV) - A Mississippi widow is pleading for help to find her late husband's stolen gun and badge.

Sue Burns lost her husband more than 40 years ago. Now, she's lost one of the most precious mementos he left behind.

"I just want it back that's all," she said Friday.

Jimmy Mills was a Captain with the Shelby County Sheriffs Office when he died of a heart attack in 1964. Soon after, the sheriff presented Burns with her husband's badge and handgun, which was framed and hanging on her living room wall until earlier this week.

"When I got in I looked, and I thought something is not right, and I said, 'Oh my God, the pistol is gone!'" she said.

According to Burns, there were no signs of forced entry.

"They come in and got that and left," she said. "Nothing else was touched."

Now, she's desperate to recover an important piece of the family tree.

"It's important to my children," she said. "I have two daughters, Nancy and Janice, and they wanted that, and I was going to give it to them."

Currently, a $500 reward is being offered for the return of the gun and badge. Burns doesn't even want to press charges.

"I am so desperate you just can't imagine," she said. "It's just like a part of me is gone."

If you have information about the theft, contact police.

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