KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The FBI's Kansas City Field Office is asking for information on a 43-year-old theft that cost the Truman Presidential Library between $700,000 and $1 million.
The FBI is offering up to $10k for info leading to the recovery of swords stolen from the Truman Presidential Library or the arrest of the individuals responsible. Anyone with info is asked to contact FBI Kansas City directly at (816) 512-8200.https://t.co/buLN44EnDu pic.twitter.com/VuUcjepOAo— FBI Kansas City (@FBIKansasCity) April 11, 2021
The theft occurred in the early hours on March 24, 1978, according to the FBI. A car pulled near the south gate of the library, and two suspects who might have been familiar with the library's security procedures, broke in and smashed a display case in the lobby.
The case had three ceremonial swords and two daggers that had been given to President Harry S. Truman by the Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Saud and the Shah of Iran.
The theft took just two minutes, and the suspects escaped the building through a window.
The FBI is offering up to a $10,000 reward to anyone who may have information leading to retrieving the artifacts.
Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI's Kansas City Field Office at 816-512-8200.
For jurisdictions that utilize the Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers Tips Hotline, anonymous tips can be made by calling 816-474-TIPS (8477), submitting the tip online or through the free mobile app at P3Tips.com.