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.