“Stolen Documents Return to the Maryland Historical Society”
From the Baltimore Sun:
They left the Maryland Historical Society tucked inside the coat pockets and notebooks of Barry Landau and his assistant, but the historical documents returned in manila envelopes, neatly packed inside a gray cardboard file box.
Authorities continue to reunite more than 10,000 items “of cultural heritage” to museums and libraries along the East Coast that were targeted by Landau and his assistant Jason Savedoff. This month the Maryland Historical Society has received about one-third of 60 documents stolen.
About 20 percent of the documents have been returned, authorities said. Investigators hope to have the remaining items returned in coming months.
Landau and Savedoff took from numerous museums, including the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the University of Vermont and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library. They sold some of the items taken from the Roosevelt library, including copies of the president’s inauguration speeches, for more than $46,000.
At the Connecticut Historical Society in Hartford, where Landau and Savedoff spent four days making off with several hundred items, Richard C. Malley, head of Research and Collections, said the majority of those items have been returned.
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