An armed gang got together last July 10 to rob a bank in the city of Santa Margarida, Minas Gerais State, Brazil, which they did. As it frequently happens these days, when almost everyone is carrying a cell phone with a built-in video and photo camera, different scenes of the criminal action quickly emerged in the social media and TV networks.
One of the cell phone videos aired nationwide very shortly afterwards showed the offenders speeding away from the crime scene using a stolen pickup truck and also carrying on the cargo bed two hostages as a manner to avoid police fire. A sharp-eyed viewer (guess who?) spotted one of the fugitives holding what appeared to be a .45 ACP Thompson submachine gun. The viewer, then, managed to download said video footage and was able to produce some captured images, used here, for closer examination of the gun, information that was immediately circulated via WhatsApp to all interested parties.
When three of the eight bad guys were captured by PMMG – Polícia Militar de Minas Gerais (Minas Gerais State Military Police) agents a few hours later, the weapon’s ID was confirmed: an M1/M1A1 Thompson! Other weapons seized with them were a retractable-stock 9x19mm H&K MP5 submachine gun and three 12-ga pump-action shotguns, in addition to a reasonable supply of ammunition and some ballistic vests.