CRIME: War Tools

One morning last week Shipping Clerk Karl Wehn of Greenfield Tap & Die Corp. opened the company shipping room in downtown Manhattan and found that someone had been there before him. A three-foot hole gaped through a brick wall into an adjoining building. Empty were shelves and storage bins. Missing were valuable, high-speed drills and carbon-steel drills used in machine tools for airplane-engine and munitions manufacture—drills, that had been packed in cloth and straw and wrapped in brown paper, ready for shipment.

Because police and FBI agents kept mum, nobody could say how many...

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