A one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted machine gun disguised as a briefcase, portable and deadly as a James Bond secret weapon, has been stolen from the back of a delivery truck, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms says.
The feds want it back, pronto.
ATF spokesman Ed Gleba said the weapon had been lifted from a Federal Express truck parked at 100 Howard St. Tuesday while its driver was making deliveries.
Gleba said the gun was evidence from a federal case that had recently been completed in a Salt Lake City court and was headed for Washington for examination and cataloging by federal firearms experts.
Conviction for possession of a machine gun is punishable by 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Gleba said the .22-caliber fully automatic machine gun was molded into a briefcase along with a laser sight and an external trigger mechanism.
He said the trigger attachment enables the carrier to aim and fire the weapon while carrying it like a briefcase in one hand walking down the street.
“You see this as a James Bond-type thing,” Gleba said. “It looks like it could be used as a murder weapon or covert-type weapon.”