Goodwill store receives gun disguised in a book

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Goodwill Store Receives Gun Disguised As A Book

Unsuspecting Goodwill workers in Maine received a donation that took them by surprise. Turns out, a pretty basic looking book actually had a gun inside.

The donation appeared to be a copy of 'Den of Lions,' a memoir by kidnapped Associated Press journalist Terry Anderson, but an employee called the police because the book "didn't feel right."

That's because there was a .31-caliber gun nestled inside the hollowed-out book.

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Terry Anderson, 37, the AP's chief correspondent whose picture was released in Beirut, May 16, 1985, and who is among another five foreigners kidnapped in Lebanon by the Islamic Jihad group of Muslim fundamentalist. Anderson was kidnapped March 16, 1985 in West Beirut. (AP Photo)
Terry Anderson, former chief Middle East correspondent for the Associated Press, poses in front of a war-damaged building in Beirut in August 1996. Anderson was kidnapped in the Lebanese capital in March 1985 and held 2,455 days. (AP Photo/Don Mell)
Police dogs and their keepers await search instructions at Shade Gap, Pennsylvania on Tuesday, May 17, 1966, where a manhunt is underway for William Hollenbaugh, who is wanted in connection with the kidnapping of Peggy Ann Bradnick and the death of FBI agent Terry Anderson. (AP Photo/Paul Vathis)
Terry Anderson, left, the last American hostage to be released by captors in Lebanon, thanks United Nations Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar at the U.N. in New York, Monday, Dec. 30, 1985. Perez de Cuellar, who is retiring after 10 years as head of the U.N., worked to help negotiate the release of hostages in Lebanon. Anderson was the Associated Press Chief Middle East correspondent when he was kidnapped in 1985. (AP Photo/Ed Bailey)

The New York Daily News reported that the pistol was made by an Italian company that creates antique replicas. It seems the fake book came from Arkansas.

Officials ran the serial number of the gun, but they don't have any leads because it came from a donation center, rather than an individual.

Police Lieutenant Harold Page overseeing the case said that in his 36 years of law enforcement, "This is a new one."

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