The famous ruby slippers worn by Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz,” which were stolen from a Minnesota museum, were recovered in a sting operation, the FBI said today.
“The slippers were on loan to the Judy Garland Museum in the late actress’ hometown of Grand Rapids, Minnesota, when they were taken in 2005 by someone who climbed through a window and broke into a small display case. The shoes were insured for $1 million,” the AP reports. “The FBI said a man approached the insurer in summer 2017 and said 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 FBI noted that no one has been arrested or charged in connection with the theft, but said the agency continues to investigate and has “multiple suspects.”
Three other pairs that Garland wore in the movie are held by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Smithsonian and a private collector, the report notes. The value of the stolen slippers was estimated to be between $2 million and $7 million.