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Former Marine Arrested With Weapons Stolen From Military, Police Say

 The R train in NYC on August 1, 2013.
The R train in NYC on August 1, 2013.
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BROOKLYN — A former Marine carrying a cache of military-issue weapons and ammunition on public transportation was arrested in Bay Ridge on Tuesday, police said.

Christopher Palumbo, 27, of Chelsea, was spotted about noon on the S52 bus with the butt of a silver semi-automatic shotgun sticking out of his duffel bag, a tipster told police.

But when officers arrived he was gone.

A short time later, police spotted Palumbo waiting on the subway platform for a Manhattan-bound R train, an NYPD spokeswoman said.

Officers found an unloaded silver semi-automatic shotgun, 44 12-gauge shotgun shells, 22 empty large capacity magazines for an M4 machine gun, one handgun magazine, two military radios, a military laser, one machete and one uniform for the US Marine Corps in his duffel bag, police said.

He was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a weapon and grand larceny of the cache which was property of the USMC.

Palumbo, has several prior arrests, including one from a minor assault case from 2013, a May 22nd arrest for fare evasion and a May 8 trespassing charge. He received an honorable discharge from the Marine Corps.

NBC 4 New York first reported the arrest.