Seth Horvitz knew there was something amiss as soon as the UPS deliveryman dropped off the long, narrow box. It was not the kind of container that holds a big flat-screen television.
"The package didn't match the shape," he tells DCist in a phone interview. When Horvitz saw the box, he says flagged down the UPS driver on his way out of Horvitz's Northeast D.C. apartment building and asked if there were any other packages for him in the truck. There weren't, the driver told Horvitz, who says he then thought the box might contain components from the Westinghouse 39-inch LED television he ordered from a merchant over Amazon.com. A spokesman for Amazon says that although the transaction was conducted through the online retail giant, it was not involved in the shipment.
"When I brought it in and opened it, I was totally shocked," Horvitz says. And for good measure, because instead of TV cables, he discovered a Swiss-made assault semi-automatic rifle.
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