Peru Indiana Police
A tiny Indiana city is asking Tucson authorities to hand over a Tommy gun obtained from notorious outlaw John Dillinger significantly more than 80 years ago.
Tucson authorities confiscated the Colt Thompson submachine gun once they detained Dillinger on Jan. 25, 1934. The tool is currently stored behind display glass at Tucson police headquarters on Southern rock Avenue.
Peru, Indiana, officials told the Kokomo Tribune they have been persuaded Dillinger and his gang took the firearm from Peru police during a brazen robbery in late 1933.
Peru officials are asking Tucson to go back the firearm, but Tucson residents may choose to keep the firearm right here, said TPD Sgt. Pete Dugan, noting Tucson police had been those who made the arrest.
“We understand it’s a big section of their particular history, ” Dugan stated of Peru’s claim from the firearm. “nonetheless it’s additionally a huge part of Tucson’s history.”
A number of guns were taken from Dillinger and his accomplices, Dugan said. Finding out the origin of every associated with various firearms may be a hard task.
Peru officials told the Kokomo Tribune the serial number, 5878, is proof the firearm ended up being stolen when a Dillinger accomplice posed as an insurance broker and asked Peru authorities to construct their particular weapons so he could provide them with a quote on insuring all of them.
Later on that evening, Dillinger and accomplice Harry Pierpont raided law enforcement section, presented the officials at gunpoint and made down with a shotgun, pump rifles, pistols, a bullet-proof vest, a set of handcuffs together with tommy-gun. That’s the storyline told by Peru City Attorney Pat Roberts, son of 1 for the officers working during burglary in 1933.
The serial number had been included in an authorities report at the time of the robbery in Peru, the Tribune reported. The amount also suits records gathered by Gordon Herigstad, who published a novel known as “Colt Thompson Submachine Gun Serial figures & Histories.” The book details the narrative associated with 15, 000 submachine weapons produced away from wartime production.
The Dillinger gang never ever returned to Peru, but the firearm ended up being accustomed hold up the initial nationwide Bank of East Chicago on Jan. 15, 1934, the Tribune reported. Ten days later, Dillinger was at handcuffs in Tucson.
Roberts told the Tribune the city may have trouble persuading Tucson authorities the weapon rightfully belongs in Peru.