BAY SHORE, N.Y. (PIX11) — A World War I-era machine gun was stolen from the roof of a Bay Shore veterans organization building, Suffolk County police said early Monday in a public appeal for tips.

The MG 08, which is inoperable, was stolen from the roof of the Bay Shore Marine Corps. League Detachment on Sunrise Highway near Saxon Avenue sometime in February, according to authorities.

Investigators could not provide a more precise date for the theft, which they said was reported on Saturday.

The antique gun is valued at approximately $20,000, officials said.

An MG 08 machine gun similar to the one reported stolen on Long Island
An MG 08 machine gun similar to the one reported stolen on Long Island. (Credit: Provided by SCPD)

Investigators released a photo of the actual gun that was reported stolen, as well as a more detailed image showing a similar weapon.

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers offers a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest. Anyone with information about this incidents can contact Suffolk County Crime Stoppers to submit an anonymous tip by calling 1-800-220-TIPS, utilizing a mobile app which can be downloaded through the App Store or Google Play by searching P3 Tips, or online at All calls, text messages and emails will be kept confidential.