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Art Crime: Stolen Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz Recovered

 

A pair of ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz and stolen from the actress’ namesake museum in Minnesota more than a decade ago has been recovered, the FBI announced today.

The iconic sequined shoes, known as the “traveling pair”—one of at least four pairs used in the film that are still in existence—were stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota in 2005 and recovered earlier this summer during a sting operation. But the case is far from over.

“From the outset,” said Special Agent Christopher Dudley, who led the investigation from the FBI’s Minneapolis Division, “our top priority was the safe recovery of the slippers.” Although multiple suspects have been identified, Dudley said, “we are still working to ensure that we have identified all parties involved in both the initial theft and the more recent extortion attempt for their return. This is very much an active investigation.”

At a press conference in Minneapolis to announce the recovery, the FBI, along with the Grand Rapids Police Department, asked for the public’s assistance. “There are certainly people out there who have additional knowledge regarding both the theft and the individuals responsible for concealing the slippers all these years.” Dudley said. “We are asking that you come forward.” Read more

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Art Crime: Stolen Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz Recovered

Art Crime: Stolen Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz Recovered

Art Crime: Stolen Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz Recovered

Art Crime: Stolen Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz Recovered

Art Crime: Stolen Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz Recovered

Art Crime: Stolen Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz Recovered