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Stolen archery items recovered

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ARTESIA — Law officials could be getting closer to solving the crime of some stolen bows and arrows.

Lt. Matt Hutchinson of the Eddy County Sheriff’s Office said they have recovered some of the stolen property, however the investigation is ongoing and they aren’t releasing any names of the suspects.

The items were reported stolen in late October from the Eddy County Shooting Range Archery Division near Artesia, according to Kathy Kolt, president of the archery group.

“It’s not about bows and arrows,” she said. “It’s about getting something that they didn’t pay for to get drugs.”

Kolt added, “it breaks my heart, people are trying to help young people.”

What’s the next step for Kolt and company?

“Get as many bows as I can so I can start over,” she said.

Kolt said someone has stepped forward and offered the archery group five acres that is fenced in.

“So I can leave stuff there,” she said. “It will be kept without anybody knowing where it its.”

Kolt said the archery program is for underprivileged kids in the Artesia area. Kolt added that she has been working with Big Brothers and Big Sisters.

She said archery is a “great outdoor thing for kids.”

Once the investigation has concluded and some arrests have been made, Kolt is looking forward to getting kids back on the range.

“We’ll get it going again,” she said.