JAY — A Jay police detective has been recognized by federal authorities for keeping 19 stolen guns off the streets with few clues to go on.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office of the District of Maine awarded Richard Caton IV the National Crime Victims Rights Week 2013 Law Enforcement Award at a ceremony recently in Bangor.

The firearms, plus a muzzleloader and a crossbow, were stolen from a home in Jay on Jan. 26, 2012.

The 32-year-old Caton recovered the stolen guns within 24 hours. Two people were arrested.

He tells the Sun Journal that while pleased with the award, he was “just doing my job.”

Special Agent Christopher Durkin of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also received the award for his work on the Jay case.

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