Stolen "Wizard Of Oz" Ruby Slippers found After 13 Years

Calvin Saunders
September 5, 2018

However, the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced this morning that the ruby slippers have been located, with details expected to be offered this afternoon.

There are four pairs of the shoes in circulation, one is in the Smithsonian in Washington D.C., one is owned by a private collector and another pair was bought by Steven Spielberg and Leonardo DiCaprio.

The shoes were originally stolen from a museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, Garland's hometown, in August 2005.

Grand Rapids Police Sergeant Robert Stein said that his department stayed quiet about rumors regarding the slippers over the years, hoping the truth would emerge one day. But the culprit and the fate of the shoes had remained a mystery.

But the Grand Rapids police department says it had to reach outside its jurisdiction for help.

The release reported an individual approached the company that insured the slippers last summer, saying he had information about the slippers and how they could be returned. There were no cameras on the premises and the museum's alarm failed to sound. "No fingerprints were left behind". They haven't been displayed since April 23 of past year because of conservation work.

"When we started this investigation", Myers said, "there were two goals".

"We were literally crying", he told the station. "And then, all of a sudden, here they are".

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"They're more than just a pair of shoes", said police chief Johnson.

Thomas said the slippers then went unseen for 30 years until Shaw, acting as a middleman, bought them for someone who meant to sell them to the late actress Debbie Reynolds, but Shaw ended up keeping them and often loaned them for exhibits.

The FBI has recovered about 14,850 stolen artifacts valued at more than $165 million since 2004.

They unveiled the shoes - which appeared to be in good condition - in a glass case. "We thought they were lost forever".

"Our people, they love the museum". "Over the years, our officers investigated numerous tips as they came in, eliminating each one". During the 40th Annual "Wizard of Oz" Festival, divers scoured the depths of the Tioga Mine Pit Lake but came up empty-handed.

"Other people speculated that Shaw had paid someone to steal the shoes-perhaps replicas-so that he could collect insurance", according to the magazine.

Despite the slippers' evident value and desirability, several pairs sat for years unnoticed in storage on the MGM lot. He kept the rest for himself - the exact number is not clear - selling them off to collectors, including Shaw. In 2016, the organization launched an online campaign to raise money to restore their luster.

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