Rewards for stolen goods are not particularly unusual -- except when they exceed the value of the stolen property itself.
But that is what James Richard Gernhart Jr. of the Essex area is offering.
On Thursday, someone broke into his house on Turkey Point Road and stole his loaded .357-caliber Magnum handgun, purchased last year for just over $800.
To encourage its recovery, Mr. Gernhart has offered a $1,000 reward with no questions asked.
"The main thing I'm concerned about is keeping the gun off the street," Mr. Gernhart said. "It was taken illegally, but I don't want it to be used for anything illegal."