September 05, 2018 10:24 AM
Federal authorities say a pair of ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in 'The Wizard of Oz' that was stolen from a Minnesota museum was recovered in a sting operation.
The slippers were stolen in 2005 from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids by a thief who broke into a small display case.
The FBI says a man approached the company that had insured the shoes about a year ago and said he had information about how the shoes could be returned. The FBI says it set up a sting operation and recovered the slippers.
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The Judy Garland Museum is glad the shoes are safe and want to display them at the museum in the future.
"We'll take care of them," Judy Garland Museum board member Ray Nikkel told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS. "We'll treasure them more than anyone else."
Garland was born in Grand Rapids in 1922.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Joe Mazan & Beth McDonough
Updated: September 05, 2018 10:24 AM
Created: September 04, 2018 04:47 PM
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