Civil War era gun stolen from home

Posted at 10:20 PM, Jul 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-21 22:20:37-04
A Ft. Myers man wants his family heirloom back.
"It was from my great, great, great grandfather," said Joseph Gebhardt.
Gebhardt's Springfield Long Arm rifle, which dates back to 1853, was stolen Thursday from a condominium he is selling off Iona Road.
Gephardt's ancestors fought for the Union Army during the Civil War.
"We had seven of our family members die from dysentery, to being shot."
Gephardt, who recently moved to Florida, held an open house to sell his condominium.
He thinks the thieves may have scaled a wall to get around the gate.
"What we were thinking is the people who walked down that road, the checked in the back, checked to see if a door is open."
Gephardt says three other hunting rifles were also taken, to him, the items aren't just relics, they're family treasures.
"We have our swords, we have our blankets, everything gets passed down from generation, it's basically all gone now."
Gone from a community that is secure.
Gephardt said the realtor hosting the open house didn't notice anything suspicious.  He thinks the criminals may have been casing the area.
"I've never seen so much crime that I've seen in Florida, we're not used to that in Colorado and Utah."
Gephardt says the guns are not loaded, and one of them is branded with a "C" on the stock.
Anyone with information on these stolen weapons is asked to call the Lee County Sheriff's Office.