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Calgary Theft

Thieves plunder Aero Space Museum of Calgary
Medals, badges, RCAF swagger stick, First World War log books among stolen items

Calgary From Wednesday's Globe and Mail Published on Tuesday, Jun. 22, 2010 9:58PM EDT Last updated on Wednesday, Jun. 23, 2010 2:28AM EDT

Everything about it seems like a heist by thieves with a penchant for aviation memorabilia.

Workers closing the Aero Space Museum of Calgary in the wee hours Sunday morning noticed the alarm had mysteriously been disabled. Maintenance would have to wait until Monday, but the museum nonetheless reopened Sunday. However, when staff arrived Monday morning, they found a broken lock on a main door, broken glass on the floor and display cases emptied. Another $400 was swiped from donation bins as well as Canadian Tire money collected to buy items that for the aircraft restoration shop.

Police are investigating, but Steven Ogle, the museum’s chief executive officer, said museum workers have their own theories.
“We believe it was someone who had been here before,” he said, “They knew what they were after.” With roots dating back to 1960, the exhibition gallery was the city’s first aviation museum. Then known as the Air Museum of Canada, it consisted mostly of privately owned aircraft. In 1971 its assets went to the city.

We're grateful to Peter Kilduff for forwarding this sad story.

Article posted: 24/06/2010

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