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Valuable Items Stolen from Neil Armstrong Museum

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WAPAKONETA, Ohio –A solid gold replica of the 1969 Lunar Excursion Module was stolen from The Neil Armstrong Air and Space Museum in Wapakoneta, just before midnight on July 28.

The replica was presented to Neil Armstrong in Paris shortly after the moon landing. The piece is one of three to exist, with one made for each of the astronauts that completed the mission. It was made by Cartier in Paris and is five inches high and 4 1/2 inches wide. The value of the item can not be determined, according to a news release.

Award medals, ribbons and presentation coins from the same display case as the lunar module replica are also missing.

The museum was broken into by entry of force at its front entrance and evidence at the scene revealed there was more than one person involved, although entry into the museum was most likely made by one person, according to the release.

The Wapakoneta Police Department is being assisted by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the FBI.

Pictured: Replica of the 1969 Lunar Excursion Module that was taken.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.