Police investigating $50K worth of artifacts stolen from Memphis River Museum

Police investigating thefts from Mud Island museum

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Curators at the Mississippi River Museum on Mud Island want to find tens of thousands of dollars worth of artifacts that were apparently stolen last year.

The theft at the museum on Mud Island happened in October but is just now coming to light in a police report we obtained.

According to the report, $50,000 worth of artifacts were stolen.

“I just think it’s preposterous that somebody would steal treasures like that,” said Lee Millar.

Millar is a Civil War historian who has actually given tours in the museum on Mud Island.

According to the police report, the manager of the museum reported the break-in on Oct. 1 and several expensive rare artifacts were taken.

Some of the items in the Civil War galleries included a Kentucky Long Rifle, two long rifles and swords.

“The Kentucky long rifle was from West Tennessee and several of the muskets there were used by Memphis troops in the confederate army,” said Millar.

The music gallery had records and two guitars stolen.

Millar said the records could be hard to replace.

The break-in happened while the museum was closed because of the pandemic.

The glass on one of the entrance doors was broken. The thief walking out with items, that should have been noticed, dropped some of them on the walkway to Front Street including a bayonet and records.

The museum does have insurance and some of the stolen items can be replaced.

The director of the Memphis River Parks Partnership told WMC his organization is working closely with police.

It is not clear if police have surveillance video.

“I think it’s a shame anytime our history is destroyed or taken away like that,”

No one has been arrested in the burglary and it appears there are no suspects at this point. If you know anything call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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