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Thief takes Tommy gun from Lincoln County Courthouse

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Someone took a Tommy gun from the Lincoln County Courthouse early Thursday, and New Mexico State Police are investigating.

According to a State Police news release, a thief gained access to the courthouse around 5 a.m. by breaking a window and subsequently stole a 1921 Thompson submachine gun, also known as a Tommy gun, which was part of a lawman’s exhibit.

State Police are reviewing surveillance video and their investigation continues.

The Lincoln County Courthouse is one of several historic properties that compose the Lincoln Historic Site in the southeastern New Mexico community of Lincoln. It is one of eight New Mexico Historic Sites and a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs.