A burglary spree that took place more than 50 years ago at a Pennsylvania museum has been solved – thanks to a discovery in a Delaware attic.
The case was cracked after the owner of a home in Wilmington discovered a treasure trove of stolen artifacts, including a valuable gun worth $1 million.
The artifacts were taken from the Valley Forge Historical Society in 1971, and the case had been cold for decades. But when the homeowner found a box of items in the Delaware attic, including guns, swords, and other museum pieces, it triggered a renewed interest in the case.
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Authorities investigated and were able to trace the items back to the 1971 burglary. The most valuable item found was a rare British Brown Bess musket, which is worth $1 million on its own.
According to the investigators, the suspects in the 1971 burglary used a stolen vehicle to make off with the items. They then hid them in various locations before eventually stashing them in the Delaware attic.
While most of the stolen items have been recovered, some items are still missing. The investigation is ongoing, and authorities are hopeful that they will be able to recover the remaining items.
The discovery has been met with great excitement by the Valley Forge Historical Society, which had believed that the stolen items were lost forever. They are now working with authorities to recover and restore the stolen artifacts.
This case serves as a reminder of the importance of preserving historical artifacts and the damage that can be done by theft. While it may have taken more than 50 years, the recovery of these stolen items is a victory for the preservation of history and culture.