Pricey Piece of History Missing

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Police and federal agents are searching for a pricey piece of history that was stolen from famous Key West Wednesday.

A gold bar was discovered by treasure hunter Mel Fisher twenty-five years ago off Key West.

It weighs more than four and a half pounds and it is valued at more than a half-million dollars. But Wednesday, surveillance videos shows a man walk into the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum and take the bar from its display case then walk out.

The bar has been on display there since 1980. The museum is home to much of the gold fisher found on the wreck of the Santa Margarita and the Atocha.

Police say this was not a rash act.

"It appears that while one man acted as a lookout, the second one was able to reach into the case, break off a piece of the bulletproof lexan, and reach in and remove the gold bar," said Sgt. Pablo Rodriguez with the Key West Police Department.

The museum's insurance company is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the return of the bar. The museum has established a face book page to distribute information about the bar and its theft.

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  • by jimmy Location: fl on Aug 22, 2010 at 10:19 AM
    i have personally held that bar and is ashamed someone would just take one of the most interesting pieces of gold that museum had i feel for the fisher family
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