AUBURN, Ind. (WANE) A .45 caliber Thompson sub-machine gun taken during a raid on the Auburn Police Department by John Dillinger and his gang in 1933 will be returned to the department on Thursday.
A special agent with the FBI will deliver the weapon on Thursday.
Shortly after the gun was taken along with some bullet proof vests, ammunition and several other firearms, it was recovered from Dillinger and his gang by police in Tuscon, Arizona. The gun was then placed transferred to the FBI where it remained for over 45 years until it was discovered and plans were made to return it to the rightful owners.
Officers with the Auburn Police Department have plans to display the weapon which has historical significance so residents and visitors can view it.
The departmentn gives special recognition to retired Auburn Police Sergeant Edward McDonald for all of his efforts in attempting to locate and secure the return of the Thompson. Unfortunately, Sgt. McDonald passed away last year before getting the opportunity to see the Thompson returned to the police department he served for so many years.