Couple Opens Baby Shower Gift From Goodwill, Find Semi-Automatic Rifle

"You guys got me a gun!" the excited father-to-be yelled when he opened the baby shower gift.

Crestview, FL – A military couple was stunned to discover that the sealed baby bouncer box they purchased at a Goodwill store as a baby shower gift ended up containing a semi-automatic rifle instead.

Veronica Alvarez-Rodriguez said she was elated when she spotted what appeared to be a brand-new Baby Einstein bouncer on sale at the Valparaiso Goodwill store for $9.99, so she made the purchase and headed to her friend’s baby shower, the Military Times reported.

When the expectant father opened their gift, he was even more elated than they expected.

“You guys got me a gun!” he shouted, according to The Palm Beach Post.

As the father-to-be proudly admired the Mossberg 715T semi-automatic rifle, Alvarez-Rodriguez and her husband tried to piece together what was happening.

"Like everyone's laughing, thinking it's a joke. And we are sitting there, me and my husband are shocked,” Alvarez-Rodriguez told WEAR. “Like no, that's not supposed to be in the box.”

The situation became even more bizarre as they unpacked the box and found a magazine belonging to another weapon, as well as boxes of ammunition.

"They started pulling everything out and ammo started coming out,” mother-to-be Amber Rosax told WEAR. “Like, stuff that wasn't for that gun.”

The rifle was not loaded, WOFL reported.

The Crestview Police Department (CPD) responded to the residence in the wake of the Dec. 1 incident, and have since verified that the firearm had not been reported as stolen, the Military Times reported.

After checking everyone’s identification to ensure they could legally possess the firearm, police initially told the expectant parents that they could keep it, WOFL reported.

But on Monday, they asked them to voluntarily relinquish the rifle until the investigation is completed. The couple immediately agreed.

Investigators said they are working to analyze the weapon’s purchase history, and said that the gun could have been dropped off at Goodwill donation collection points somewhere between Pensacola and Tallahassee, the Military Times reported.

Police have not found any evidence of foul play, and said that it appears someone dropped off the box as a donation without realizing it contained a gun.

CPD said it planned to surprise the expectant parents by purchasing them the baby bouncer that was supposed to be in the box, but that the company already shipped them a brand-new bouncer after hearing about the baby shower surprise, WEAR reported.

"We are all thankful that is was us. All of our husbands are military,” Alvarez-Rodriguez told the news outlet. “So thankfully it did end up in our hands.”

Comments (43)
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Excalibr4
Excalibr4

I can see the Democratic Presidential hopefuls declaring "If I'm elected I promise you will never see another assault rifle as a gift at a baby shower!"

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

Someone was asleep at the switch at GW.

AlwaysTrumper
AlwaysTrumper

Well now that the cops have it, they'll never see it again.

Stevewm
Stevewm

Who puts a gun in a baby bouncer box? That's a very strange place to be storing that kind of gun and ammo!

ikaika
ikaika

Maybe they were thinking that a burglar wouldn't look in there for guns or ammo.

NYXX
NYXX

Interesting method for smuggling weapons. Hopefully their investigation will find its origins and lead them to a bigger discovery.

Cajuntad
Cajuntad

I'm thinking Dad did it, lol, and couldn't admit it, lol...

Rj's
Rj's

Why did I read this and think Planned Story, Fake Sealed box Nope, Different parts and they turn it in can you say a Democratic Comercial.

Sal 68
Sal 68

If anyone wants to gift me a new firearm for Xmas feel free 😂

RB2207
RB2207

I call BS.

M4Defense
M4Defense

Some guys have all the luck.

whatalways3parts
whatalways3parts

Was in someone's closet , hiding from others. Shame on them!!!

Debbie *
Debbie *

I worked in a resale shop year's ago. People hide their valuables in strange places. The wife does the spring cleaning.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Somewhere on Christmas morning, a disappointed fellow is going to open his rifle gift only to discover a baby bouncer.

Just-My-Thoughts.
Just-My-Thoughts.

Someone hid the gun so when the cops show up they don't find it. Cleaning out basement or gge and forgot about it.

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

What a novel way to sneak that new gun you just bought into the house without getting yelled-at!!LOL!

LEO0301
LEO0301

Wouldn't there be a significant weight difference between the two?

HH3
HH3

Where was this? I may need to go shopping there!!!

Musicray
Musicray

Probably best they turned it in...could be a part of a crime

Endwatch1
Endwatch1

Found a bag of weed in a crockpot purchased from goodwill.

Bigyoda20
Bigyoda20

With the serial number, The manufacturer can tell what distributor it went to, the distributor can tell what dealer it went to, and the dealer can tell who they sold it to via the dealer log book/4473 form.

2jazzyj
2jazzyj

The square peg won't fit into the round hole. At least the article doesn't mention that the gun was broken to fit the box. Also, a huge weight difference should have tipped someone off..

Patriot63
Patriot63

I didn't know that Bouncy Einstein weight so much. I hope that GW has another. That's an incredible deal. Only if this were true.lol

Motor141
Motor141

I’m calling BULLSHIT...it won’t fit in that boxxx....🤣😂🤣! People are F’king IDIOTS...😳!

JrzDvl
JrzDvl

has anyone noticed the size of the box vs. the size of the gun..?... was the gun broken down??? I certainly don't see how the gun fit in the box....the picture of the gun with box to the right... no way that fit. ???...

jd500
jd500

great place to hide your purchase from your spouse..... until they clean out your garage for you!! hehe... on a side note I bought a 22 for my son but I waited to give it until he was 5.....