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Search continues for Civil War artifacts stolen from Cape Fear Museum


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The Cape Fear Museum is still looking for help finding some missing history.

Detectives continue searching for the thief or thieves who swiped five Civil War-era objects from a display cabinet at the Wilmington museum.

The missing items were a US Army oval brass belt buckle with "US" stamped on the face, a Confederate infantry brass button stamped with "I" on the face, a Confederate artillery brass button stamped with "A" on the face and two Confederate North Carolina brass buttons stamped with "NC" and a seven-point starburst pattern.

Museum staff say the crime happened during business hours. Now they need your help to track down the stolen artifacts.

"We know that it was taken during business hours, because we didn't receive an alarm off the building," museum spokeswoman Amy Mangus said. "We have a motion alarm and a building alarm, and those didn't go off through the night, so it had to have been during business hours sometime between Thursday morning and Friday morning."

The facility does not have any guards posted inside. It does have security cameras, but not in the space that housed the stolen relics.

Sheriff's investigators took fingerprints from the glass case.

The museum hopes to reopen the exhibit tomorrow.

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