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Belleville man charged with veterans museum theft

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. -- A Belleville man faces charges of stealing several items from the Veterans Museum of the Mid-Ohio Valley.

Parkersburg police tell media outlets that Robert Lawrence Burdette, 61, is charged with petit larceny.

Museum director Gary Farris says a World I-era bayonet, a World War II-era chaplain's cap and a World War II-era airborne military patch were stolen from the museum Jan. 4.

Police say Burdette returned the items Thursday and was arrested Friday.

Farris credits the arrest to a security system installed after a breaking and entering in 2011.


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