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History missing: antiques stolen from museum

Friday, September 14, 2012

Two adults and a juvenile have been charged with stealing antiques and collectibles from King's Museum in Shelbyville and an investigator says more arrests are anticipated.

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Detective Lt. Brian Farris inspects recovered World War II-era letters stolen from King's Museum.
(T-G Photo by David Melson)
Donnie Ray Johnson Sr., 37, of Sevier Street and Steven Dale Johnson, 19, of Christiana, along with the juvenile, broke into the complex of buildings on Sevier Street several times over a period of months, Detective Lt. Brian Farris of the Bedford County Sheriff's Department said Thursday.

Signs stolen

"They stole antique signs, gas pumps, took all the brass off old fire trucks outside, bicycles, old neon signs, an old BMW motorcycle, an old Japanese bayonet and a box of letters and postcards sent by soldiers to their families during World War II," Farris said.

"Over $10,000 worth of property was stolen. The brass is irreplaceable."

Some of the items, including the letters and bayonet, were recovered, but many of the stolen goods haven't yet been found, Farris said.

Tipster helps

A tip led to the arrests.

Deputy Garcia Jordan, Sgt. David Sakich and Sgt. Josh Tolar got a call about where to locate the stolen property, found some of the items and called Farris, who said he was able to obtain information on the suspects.

Warrants have been obtained for a third adult suspect and another "person of interest" is being sought, Farris said.