Gun stolen 36 years ago recovered in abandoned backpack

Following a pre-dawn foot pursuit in Boston’s Mattapan neighborhood, police found an abandoned bag that contained a pistol missing since 1981.

Boston Police report the handgun, a loaded High Standard Supermatic .22LR Model 107 Military, was recovered by officers who chased an unidentified male who jumped out of the rear passenger side door of a car without headlights at about 1:15 a.m. last Friday morning.

While BPD’s finest lost the fleet-footed passenger, they did find the backpack apparently left behind in his wake. On processing, the Supermatic came back reported stolen from Brockton, a city just 15 miles away, in 1981.

High Standard’s Supermatic line was popular throughout the latter half of the 20th Century with the Model 107 variant in production from 1968 until the early 1980s.