Thief steals golden lunar module from Armstrong museum


By Staff Reports



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WAPAKONETA — A thief made off with the rare gold replica of a lunar module during a robbery Friday night at the Neil Armstrong Air and Space Museum, according to the Wapakoneta Police Department.

The Wapakoneta Police Department received a call of a burglary alarm at 11:59 p.m. Friday at the museum, 500 Apollo Drive, Wapakoneta. Officers discovered someone entered the museum and took a solid gold replica of the 1969 Lunar Excursion Module that landed on the moon.

The museum was closed Saturday so authorities could investigate, according to its website, and will remain closed “until further notice due to an unforeseen situation.”

The rare piece was presented to Neil Armstrong in Paris, France, shortly after he became the first man to walk on the moon on July 20, 1969. Only three of them exist in the world, with one made for each of the three astronauts who completed the mission.

The piece, made by Cartier in Paris, is 5 inches high and roughly 4 1/2 inches square.

Armstrong, who was born in Wapakoneta, died in 2012.

The case is under investigation, and the scene is still being processed. The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation assisted the Wapakoneta Police Department.

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By Staff Reports