NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – It's been more than a month since a theft at the Cape Fear Museum and staff members are forming a plan to prevent history from repeating itself.
The locks on display cases have been changed and upgraded, since several Civil War artifacts were stolen more than a month ago. Spokeswoman Amy Mangus said staff is researching more surveillance cameras for all the exhibits.
"Unfortunately it takes a theft for us to investigate it a little more closely," she said.
There are already a few cameras around the museum, but Mangus stressed that the need for about 20 total is to monitor the roughly 52,000 objects on display.
"This is a safe place, especially for visitors," said Mangus. "We're just working to make it even more safe for the collection."
She said that the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office continue to search for suspects and leads for the four Confederate buttons and belt buckle. Mangus urges anyone with information to share with staff of the sheriff's office because a theft at the museum robs the entire community.
"Everything in our collection is the people's collection," Mangus said.
The museum is a county facility and the crime happened after the Board of Commissioners approved this year's budget. Mangus said there is no money for new cameras, so staff is hoping county management or county commissioners can cover the cost.
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