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A pair of ruby slippers used while filming “The Wizard of Oz” have found their way home after a call to the film prop’s insurer leads to a crack in the 13-year-old case.
The famous shoes were stolen from The Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, in 2005 and were recovered in a sting operation after a man approached the shoes’ insurer and said he could help get them back, the FBI told an Associated Press reporter Tuesday.
The slippers, on loan to the museum in the late actress’ hometown, were swiped by someone who climbed through a window and broke into a small display case. The shoes were insured for $1 million, according to The Associated Press.
There were no leads until 2017, when a man approached the unnamed insurer to say he could help get them back. Grand Rapids police asked for the FBI’s help and after a nearly year-long investigation, the slippers were recovered in July during a sting operation in Minneapolis, the wire service reported.
The FBI told reporters that no one has yet been arrested or charged in the case, but they have “multiple suspects” and continue to investigate.
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