Real-looking gun found at Goodwill proves fake

This realistic-looking gun that was found at Goodwill in Ellsworth on Sept. 18 turned out to be a toy replica.

ELLSWORTH — Police were called to Goodwill on the morning of Sept. 18 after an employee there said a gun was found in the donation box.

“The gun turned out to be a toy replica of a flintlock rifle,” Lt. Harold Page noted in a report. The item was subsequently disposed of.

A picture of the faux gun in question reveals a rather realistic looking piece. Absent is any sort of orange plastic at the end of the barrel that is often found on toy weapons.

The discovery brings to mind a case from two and a half years ago in which a real gun — a .31-caliber, black-powder pistol — was found inside a hollowed-out book that came to the Ellsworth Goodwill.

Police still have possession of that weapon, Detective Dotty Small said, as no one ever came forward to claim it.

Steve Fuller

Steve Fuller

Reporter at The Ellsworth American,
Steve Fuller worked at The Ellsworth American from 2012 to early 2018. He covered the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. A native of Waldo County, he served as editor of Belfast's Republican Journal prior to joining the American. He lives in Orland.
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