July 10, 2013 | Volume 100 / Number 28

Burglars Enjoy Cocktails, Dine On TV Dinners By Candlelight

10 Years Ago

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Wednesday, July 9, 2003

• Pioneer Museum officials are upset about the theft of a rifle made before the Civil War. It is the first theft of anything this big that manager Brenna Sundby is aware of. The rifle is a pre-Civil War flintlock that was converted to cap and ball. It has silver and brass inlay on the tiger-striped wood stock. The rifle was part of a display of the collection of Hinsdale’s Dr. Tom Cockrell.

Videotape shows a gray-haired man breaking into a case to get the weapon. He is very tall, tall enough to put a 6-foot gun under his shoulder and down his leg an...

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