$1,000 Reward Offered in Case of Stolen Artifact

With no leads in the case, Naugatuck Police hope a reward offered by Ion Bank will help catch the thief and lead to the safe return of a one-of-a-kind model ship.

This model ship was stolen from the Naugatuck Historical Society. Credit: NPD
This model ship was stolen from the Naugatuck Historical Society. Credit: NPD
Since leads have all but dried up in the case of a model ship stolen from the Naugatuck Historical Society, investigators hope a $1,000 reward will help break the case open.

Naugatuck Police announced Tuesday that Ion Bank had offered the reward for information leading to the arrest of the thief and/or the safe return of the artifact.

The item, a wooden model of a Schooner Ship that has great historical and sentimental value to the society and the borough, was stolen from the society's Water Street museum in November.

According to police, the stolen model is a replica of a Schooner type tall ship, used by the Peter Paul Candy Company during World War II. "The tall ships were used to transport supplies during the war because they were safe from German U-Boat attacks," a press release from police states. "No other artifact tells the story of the Peter Paul Candy Company, during the World War II years, like this model."

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the model is asked to contact Det. Ronald J. Pugliese Jr. at the Naugatuck Police Department, at 203-729-7106.
SILENT WOLF January 29, 2014 at 01:49 PM
No surveillance cameras ? There really should be.
citizen January 29, 2014 at 03:53 PM
Wasn't there also an old Bible stolen a few years back? Is there any security there as far as cameras, alarms on displays etc? I know this all costs money, but if you are going to display things that are irreplaceable, maybe it's time.
Eric Vuong January 31, 2014 at 10:29 PM
Hope this trick works! Everything that has some historical importance must be preserved with a lot of care and high security! Boating has been used since a long time even our ancestors used wooden boats for traveling and hunting. The difference in those days and today’s boating is immensely high. The purpose of using a boat today is merely for enjoyment and recreation. Hence the older boat models have lost their identity among the younger generation! And to make this new generation aware of these wonderful boats this parade will be very helpful! Wooden Boat USA also deals with such amazing boat models with long lasting lives!
chuck February 01, 2014 at 12:02 AM
SILENT WOLF February 01, 2014 at 08:17 AM
Eric ... what the heck are you talking about ?


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