Judy Garland's Hometown of Grand Rapids Glad Ruby Slippers are Safe

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.

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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.

FBI Top Ten Art Crimes (According to fbi.gov)

  • Iraqi Looted and Stolen Artifacts 
  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Theft 
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  • Theft of the Davidoff-Morini Stradivarius 
  • The Van Gough Museum Robbery (RECOVERED)
  • Theft of Cezanne's View of Auvers-sur-Oise
  • Theft of the Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney Murals, Panels 3-A and 3-B
  • Theft from the Museu Chacara do Céu 
  • Theft of Van Mieris' A Cavalier
  • Theft of Renoir Oil Painting 

The Judy Garland Museum is glad the shoes are safe and want to display them at the museum in the future.

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"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.


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