WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Some pieces of Civil War history are missing from the Cape Fear Museum in Wilmington. The museum staff noticed they were missing this morning.
The museum says someone stole:
-A United States Army oval brass belt plate (buckle) with "US" stamped on face
-A Confederate infantry brass button stamped with "I" on the face; aged green patina
-A Confederate artillery brass button stamped with "A" on face; aged brown patina
-Two Confederate North Carolina brass buttons stamped with "NC" and a seven-point starburst pattern; aged green patina
"It is very distressing that we would have been targeted in this manner," curator Barbara Rowe said in a news release. "We take the security of our collections seriously and are working closely with New Hanover County Property Management, museum staff and the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office to thoroughly investigate this incident. Our utmost priority is working with the sheriff’s office to recover these objects to our collection."
Anyone with any information on this crime should contact the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office Detective Division at (910) 798-4260.
The museum encourages pawn and antique business owners as well as private collectors of such objects to keep a watchful eye out in case they are offered anything resembling these items.