A simple case of short term memory loss ?
Two police officers in town from Raleigh to teach
a gun course lost a submachine gun and a handgun out of the back of their
pickup truck. They couldn't find the weapons, but commuters did.
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The officers came to Wilson on Tuesday to teach a submachine gun certification
course sponsored by Wilson Technical Community College, authorities said.
After they arrived, they realized that two bags of gear were missing from the
back of their pickup. The bags held one MP-5 submachine gun, one handgun,
several spare magazines, notebooks and other supplies for the class.
An MP-5 is capable of firing 9 mm ammunition at a rate of 800 rounds per
The officers retraced their route into town but couldn't find the guns, and had
to call local police. About two dozen Wilson police officers and Wilson County
sheriff's deputies helped search for most of the day without success.
In the meantime, a Wilson resident found the bag containing the submachine gun
near U.S. 301, took it home and called police after discovering what was in the
Another resident found the handgun along U.S. 264.
A spokesman for the Raleigh police department did not immediately return a call
for comment Wednesday.