Volunteers find 2 handguns among donated clothing

Charlotte, NC - By Jeff Rivenbark - email

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Police say someone placed two small handguns in some bags of clothing that were donated to a Charlotte charity.

Volunteers at Crisis Assistance Ministry on Spratt Street discovered the guns on Tuesday around 11:41 a.m. while sorting through bags of donated items.

When the volunteers found the guns, they alerted Dave Miller, Director of Operations.

Miller said he did not know if the guns were loaded and immediately called 911.  Police were there in about two minutes and picked up the guns.  Tests will be conducted on the guns in an effort to track down the owner.

According to the police report, both handguns were IMP revolvers.  One of the guns was stainless steel in color and the other was a blue steel.

The revolvers are worth about $100 each, the police report said.

Miller said he has been with Crisis Assistance Ministry for 15 years and this is the first time he is aware of a gun being dropped off among donated items.  They usually receive clothing, household items and furniture.

About 10 years ago, Miller says someone donated a dresser which contained a live hand grenade.

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