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Items Stolen from the Observatory

Updated: Monday, July 29 2013, 11:48 PM EDT
A couple of thieves have hit one of the Tri-State's most loved and special museums. The Cincinnati Observatory. And they went after three rather unusual items.   returned.

In november of 1843 John Quincy Adams placed the cornerstone of the original observatory building. It then moved to its current location in 1873.

That is where early Sunday morning some visitors clearly had something other than stargazing on their minds.

Families were camping out at the observatory looking at the stars through the massive antique telescope when it's believed a couple of thieves walked right in behind them and took two 1700 era star maps of the heavens off the walls and walked out.

The maps were donated by a member of the Cincinnati Observatory and adorned the wall were people can walked up to the telescope.

One of the prints taken was of the stars in the northern hemisphere and the other print was of the southern sky. In addition to the two prints the thieves took a wooden memorial bench out of the entryway.

Observatory operators want to keep the doors open and for it to be a fun and welcoming place. It was designed to be a very hands on place. But after the theft keeping it might be tough to keep it that way.  

Craig Niemi of the observatory says the sense of violation left behind by the thieves will be a hard one to shake.  He was running history tours for families when the thefts took place.

You can get a close look at the stolen prints HERE

If you have any information about the thefts, call Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040. You can remain anonymous and get cash for clues.
Items Stolen from the Observatory


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