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Cape Fear Museum targeted in Civil War-era object theft

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Several Civil War-era objects have been stolen from a display cabinet inside the Cape Fear Museum. (Source: Cape Fear Museum) Several Civil War-era objects have been stolen from a display cabinet inside the Cape Fear Museum. (Source: Cape Fear Museum)

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Several Civil War-era objects have been stolen from a display cabinet inside the Cape Fear Museum.

According to the museum, five items were found missing Friday morning.

"It is very distressing that we would have been targeted in this manner," said Barbara Rowe, museum curator. "We take the security of our collections seriously."

Rowe said the museum is working with the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office, the county property management, and museum staff to investigate this incident.

According to the museum, the stolen items are as follows:

  • One (1) United States Army oval brass belt plate (buckle) with "US" stamped on face
  • One (1) Confederate infantry brass button stamped with "I" on face; aged green patina
  • One (1) Confederate artillery brass button stamped with "A" on face; aged brown patina
  • Two (2) Confederate North Carolina brass buttons stamped with "NC" and an seven-point starburst pattern; aged green patina

Click here to see a picture of some of the items.

Anyone with any information on this crime should contact the New Hanover County Sheriff's Department Detective Division at 910-798-4260.

Museum officials are encouraging pawn shops, antique business owners and private collectors to keep a watchful eye in case they are offered anything resembling the items listed above.

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