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Monday, June 2, 2014

Stanford Professor Found With World War II Grenade Arrested at LAX

Posted By on Mon, Jun 2, 2014 at 9:58 AM

Gary Cox
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A Stanford University professor was reportedly arrested at LAX recently after TSA screeners located a grenade in his luggage.

But the grenade wasn't exactly something to fret about. According to a KTVU report, Gary Walter Cox had been carting souvenirs from his late father's home, which included the World War II-era grenade.

Cox told the LA Times that he had cleaned out his childhood home in Palos Verdes after his parents had recently died and packed up the memorabilia in his carry-on luggage. He had forgotten about the World War II grenade that his father, a retired Navy captain, had used as a paperweight.

Screeners found the souvenir during their routine search of bags and arrested the 58-year-old professor as he boarded his plane to San Jose. Cox was freed on a $500,000 bail.

Well there's great fodder for an interesting class lecture.

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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