Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Gun found inside book donated to Indiana library

Those of us who work in public libraries have many stories of items that were in either returned or donated books - half eaten sandwiches, used tissues or even money.  However, I don't think many of us have come across a gun in a book.  In this instance, my guess is that someone was cleaning out a relative's house and didn't know that the gun was in the book.
What are some of your stories of items in returned books?
Published on Saturday October 27, 2012

Associated Press
VALPARAISO, IND. — An employee at a northwest Indiana library found a gun inside a hollowed-out book donated to the branch. The Times of Munster reported Saturday that police in Valparaiso are holding the gun as evidence. Assistant Library Director Phyllis Nelson says an employee at the Valparaiso branch of the Porter County Public Library discovered the antique-looking firearm when she opened the book earlier this week. Police describe the weapon as a gold, wooden handled, 31-caliber, single shot, black powder gun. Nelson says librarians have no way of knowing who donated the book. She says thousands of books are donated each month and no records are kept.
Police have determined the gun was not stolen.

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