Springfield family seeks answers after backyard shed theft

Published: Apr. 14, 2019 at 9:30 PM CDT
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Thieves broke into a Springfield couple's shed, stealing $2,000 worth of stuff.

The thieves burglarized the shed sometime between Friday and Saturday.

Garry Gowin, victim of the theft, was letting his dogs out.

"The doors were just swinging open," siad Gowin. "The wind was blowing them."

However, the wind didn't open them.

"They got the ATV, and they got the chainsaw, and I had a weed eater right there by the door," explained Gowin.

The thieves took his new bike that he rides for physical therapy, which was a gift from his sister and wife.

"I've got crush disc in my back, and I ride that bicycle a little bit," explained Gowin.

Gowin says he's hurt and disgusted, and neighbors are fed up too.

"It's a very quiet neighborhood, I never expected anything like this," said neighbor Barbara Stoumbaugh.

She says she has also been a victim before. Stoumbaugh has only lived there for about a year and says her mail stolen. After that incident she quickly got a security system.

"I lived way out in the country and didn't have anybody around, and I felt safer there than I do here," Stoumbaugh explained.

While Gowin agrees, he's upset at the principal of the situation.

"They've not only taken my stuff, but they've take my security and that's, well it's just inexcusable," said Gowin.

The Gowin family did file a police report, and they're hoping that their valuable items inside can eventually be returned. If you have any information, you're asked to contact the Springfield Police Department.

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