Re: German Lugar Serial Number Question
Luger serial numbers can be confusing. Each maker started each year with number 1, then went to 9999, then to 1a to 9999a, 1b to 9999b and so on. So a full unique identification of a gun needs the maker, the year, the number, and the letter suffix. It would help if you knew the maker and date.
But in reality, it is unlikely that your gun, number 1234 was stolen, and the police have recovered a Luger, serial number 1234, and it is not yours. I suspect the police chief would like to add that gun to his collection or he is a gun hater who wouldn't return any gun to anyone. Write a formal letter and ask that he allow you to see the gun for identification purposes. If he refuses, and it means enough to you, get a lawyer to ask some tough questions. City councils cringe when someone says "lawsuit".