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Stolen "Wizard of Oz" ruby slippers recovered

04 September 2018

The missing slippers, which were insured for $1 million, have serial numbers and Garland's name scrawled on the inside.

The slippers, one of the props used in the 1939 family classic film, were stolen in 2005 from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, FBI officials said Tuesday.

Only four pairs of the famous ruby slippers are known to be in existence, the News Tribune reported in 2015.

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At least two of the existing pairs are owned by private collectors, according to ABC News.

Police said the suspect or suspects broke through the museum's rear emergency window. An alarm had been triggered, but a signal was reportedly not sent to police.

The slippers had been on loan to the museum from Hollywood memorabilia collector Michael Shaw.

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The hometown of actress Judy Garland was rocked when someone broke into a museum dedicated to the Wizard of Oz star and absconded with her ruby slippers. "It's our hope that the slippers can be recovered immediately", he told the paper in 2005. When staff returned to the museum on the morning of August 29, 2005, they discovered the plexiglass display case smashed, and the ruby slippers gone.

Tips led divers to a lake near Grand Rapids in June of 2015, to scour the bottom in search of the ruby slippers. However, the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced this morning that the ruby slippers have been located, with details expected to be offered this afternoon. The museum hired a private investigation firm in 2013 to continue working on the case. "I know the public is never going to stop having an interest in it until they're actually recovered". Also this summer, the mystery was featured on the Discovery Channel show "Expedition Unknown".

"Grand Rapids may be freezing, but this case is anything but cold", Gates concluded.

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