The Washington Post
FBI: 50 stolen artifacts returned to museums
Federal authorities say dozens of artifacts stolen in the 1970s
from museums in several states and dating back as far as the French and Indian War have been returned to the institutions.
The FBI announced Monday at a ceremony at the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia that 50 items had been repatriated to 17 institutions in five states.
The artifacts returned Monday included an 1847 Mississippi rifle stolen from a Mississippi museum, a World War II battlefield pickup pistol belonging to Gen. Omar Bradley — stolen from the U.S. Army War College Museum — and 19th century Pennsylvania rifles stolen from Pennsylvania museums, officials said.
Authorities said Michael Corbett of Newark, Del., was indicted in December 2021 for possession of items stolen from museums in the 1970s. In August, he pleaded guilty to possession of stolen items transported interstate and turned over additional stolen items, authorities said.
Officials said the items recovered and now returned to their proper owners included:
• A Colt Whitneyville Walker revolver stolen from the Connecticut State Library.
• An Omar Bradley presentation pistol stolen from the U.S. Army War College Museum.
• A French and Indian Warera powder horn stolen from a museum in Belchertown, Mass.
• A number of 18th century
English and Scottish pistols stolen from the Valley Forge Historical Society Museum.