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Robert Pearlman
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Neil Armstrong's gold Apollo lunar module model stolen from Ohio museum

A gold model of an Apollo lunar module gifted to Neil Armstrong shortly after the first moon landing in 1969 has been stolen from the Ohio museum that bears the astronaut's name.

Police responded to a burglary alarm at the Armstrong Air and Space Museum in Wapakoneta, Ohio, shortly before midnight on Friday (July 28), where the 18 karat gold, five-inch-high (13 centimeter) miniature lunar lander was found missing.

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I would bet even money it is an inside job with whoever stole this.

Robert Pearlman
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According to the Wapakoneta Daily News:
A museum source says the front door to the museum was forced open, which triggered the alarm system.
Another report (unsourced) on Facebook, described it as a "smash and grab." One would think that if it was an inside job, the person would have been aware of the alarm(s) and be able to leave less of a trace of the theft.

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No way anyone could fence this, it would have to be melted down.

Robert Pearlman
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Wapakoneta Police Department press release (July 31, 2017)
Updated Information from Armstrong Air and Space Museum Burglary July 28, 2017

On Friday, July 28, 2017 at 23:59 hours, our department received a call of a burglary alarm at the Armstrong Air and Space Museum, 500 Apollo Drive.

Entry, by force, to the front entrance of the museum was made. Evidence at the scene revealed there was more than one subject involved, although entry into the museum was most likely made by one person. Surveillance camera footage did not yield much in terms of a description of the suspect that gained entry. See attached photo.

We have learned that other items were taken in addition to the Lunar Excursion Module replica. Award medals/ribbons and presentation coins are also missing. These items were located in the same display case as the lunar module replica.

"I want to stress to the media and public that this is an ongoing criminal investigation. With that being said, I will continue to release information as I can, but I will not tarnish the integrity of the investigation. No other questions will be taken at this time." — Russell Hunlock, Chief of Police.

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