Police discovered the miniature replica was missing from the
Neil Armstrong Air & Space Museum in Wapakoneta after responding
to a burglary alarm just before midnight on Friday, according to
a statement released on Saturday.
A police spokesman on Sunday said the model, presented to
Armstrong in Paris soon after the Apollo 11 mission, had yet to
The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Federal Bureau
of Investigation are assisting with the case.
Armstrong, the first person to walk on the moon in July 21,
1969, was born near Wapakoneta, about 90 miles northwest of
Columbus. He is perhaps best known for his words after setting
foot on the lunar surface: "That's one small step for man, one
giant leap for mankind."
The replica, measuring 5 inches high and 4.5 inches square, is
one of three that the renowned French jeweler Societe Cartier
designed and fabricated, one for each of the astronauts on the
mission, the statement said.
"Theft from a museum is a theft from all of us," the museum said
on its Facebook page.
Museum officials could not be reached on Sunday for further
(Reporting by Jenna Zucker in New York; Editing by Frank McGurty
and Nick Zieminski)
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