WWI machine gun stolen in overnight heist

A World War 1-era machine gun was stolen from a South Milford display case in an overnight heist.

SOUTH MILFORD, Ind. (WANE) Police in LaGrange County are looking for clues in the overnight disappearance of a World War I-era machine gun from its display case in the center of South Milford.

At some point late Wednesday or early Thursday, a vehicle was backed off County Road 750 South near State Road 3 in South Milford. There, in the town’s center, a decommissioned 1895 Colt Automatic machine gun was stolen in what police described as a smash-and-grab.

The decommissioned WWI machine gun that had been on display in South Milford was stolen. (Picture courtesy LaGrange County Sheriff's Department Facebook page)
The decommissioned WWI machine gun that had been on display in South Milford was stolen. (Picture courtesy LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department Facebook page)

According to LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department officials, the vehicle backed into the gun’s case, a white wood-and-glass display, and “forcefully” pulled out the machine gun. The case had held the item for the last 92 years, erected in 1923 to honor the South Milford High School students who served during World War I.

Sheriff’s department investigators said they are now reviewing “several items of evidence” and said they “are determined to bring this piece of history back to the community that it belongs to.”

Police said the suspect vehicle may have rear-end or bumper damage from striking a post at the scene.

Anyone with any information on the incident is asked to call the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department at (260) 463-7491 or by sending a private message through Facebook.

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