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Posted on Nov 6, 2014

Thieves make off with museum mower

Someone broke into the tractor shed at the Quincy Valley Historical Society and Museum, making off with its riding lawnmower.

The theft happened over the weekend, probably about Friday evening, said Harriet Weber, a board member at the museum. The John Deere lawnmower, which was in “pristine” condition, was worth about $3,000, Weber said.

The theft comes about a week after someone broke into the garage in the northwest corner of the museum property. The culprit cut the locks off the garage; however, nothing was taken at that time, Weber said.

The museum has a remodeled 1929 Ford AA truck, used for parades and events and donated by a community member, in the garage, she added.

Then, on the morning of Nov. 1, museum curator Gar Pilliar was making his rounds when he noticed the locks to the tractor shed laying in the yard. It appears someone, potentially the same person, cut the locks on the shed with bolt cutters, Pilliar said. In the shed were such antiques as a cider press that’s used during the organization’s Harvest Festival.

The museum has had little problems with thieves and vandals in the past, Weber said. All the museum buildings except the garage and tractor shed are on an alarm system.

The museum, which has reported the theft to its insurance company, will be putting all the buildings on the alarm system, she said.

It’s distressing that someone would take something that belongs to the community, Pilliar said.
“This is very discouraging,” Weber agreed.

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