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SINGING COWBOY'S OLD GUNS FOUND.

Byline: Associated Press

A cache of rare guns, some dating to 1917, owned by the daughter of entertainer Roy Rogers were recovered in a sting operation after a collector tried to sell them at a show.

The 11 rare guns and rifles, valued at $10,000, were stolen from the Mojave Desert home of Cheryl and Larry Barnett in September. Apple Valley is about 80 miles northeast of Los Angeles.

Larry Barnett contacted authorities after seeing the guns on display at a Ventura County event called Rendezvous, a show for black powder gun enthusiasts. Barnett and police arranged a sting to recover the guns.

Vincent P. Jenneman, 41, of Saugus was arrested Tuesday and he was booked for investigation of being in possession of stolen property and extortion, said Jennie Risley, spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.

Jenneman is not believed to be the gun thief but apparently purchased them knowing they were stolen property, Risley said.

Some of the guns have been in the Rogers family for years and were handed down to Cheryl Barnett, Roy Rogers' daughter.

``He was just tickled pink that everything was recovered,'' Risley said of Rogers, who celebrated his 85th birthday Tuesday.

Among the collection were some that were hand carved, some that were limited issue guns, and another dating to 1917. At least one of the cases had Roy Rogers' name engraved on it.
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