An employee from a thrift shop located on the coast of Maine, received more that he was hoping for, after he realised that the book he he had received had a gun hidden inside it.
The weapon, a small pistol, Derringer-style, was discretely placed inside a secret compartment carved between the pages of a book with a hard cover, which according to Maine police officials, had been delivered to a Goodwill retail store from Ellsworth.
An Ellsworth police representative, lieutenant Harold Page, stated that a situation like this, was like something taken out of a movie plot.
The thrift shop employee, was sorting trough the books that had just been donated, when he came across a book that didn’t feel right, declared a Goodwill spokesman, Ken Christian.
The usual procedure of the store, was to go trough all the books received and shake them really good, in order for potential papers and bookmarks to fall out of them, added Christian. But with that book, it was obvious that there was more going on.
After the discovery, the manager of the store, immediately called the police who arrived at the spot and confirmed that the black 31 caliber powder weapon was unloaded.
The representative of Goodwill, said that the book “Den of Lions”, written by reporter of Associated Press Terry Anderson had arrived at the store from a central warehouse that collects donations from stores and bins from around the region, meaning that it was practically impossible for the store to track down the owner of the book.
Ellsworth police officials haven’t been more lucky either, as they didn’t manage to find match for the serial number of the weapon in the national databases. They assumed that someone might have cleaned up their house, and threw the book away being unaware it contained a gun hidden inside.
The hard covers of the book were sealed with a small magnetic latch.
Goodwill, is an international non-profit organisation, which sells at its stores mainly goods received from donations and the earnings are funding social programs.
Ken Christian added that this hasn’t been the first time employees have ran into strange things donated by people, like adult videos hidden inside a mislabeled DVD case, prosthetic legs, lost dentures, but they have never found a gun before.
Image Source: The Ellsworth American
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