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Oyster Bay, NY: The National Park Service and local authorities are investigating the theft of a 15 inch walrus tusk that belonged to Theodore Roosevelt from his historic home at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site (NHS). The tusk, a valued part of the home’s collection, was apparently removed from the fireplace mantel in the second floor guest room of the house in the period of February 9-22, 2010.
According to Sagamore Hill NHS Superintendent Thomas E. Ross, park staff immediately notified law enforcement authorities in the regional office in Philadelphia who are collaborating with the local Old Brookville Police Department on the investigation.
“Every item in this historic home provides visitors with a personal connection to Theodore Roosevelt,” said Ross. “It’s important to have them available for visitors to see and appreciate, and we will do all we can to return the tusk to its rightful place on the mantel.” Ross encouraged anyone with information on the whereabouts of the tusk to contact NPS Special Agent Jeffrey Pascale at 215-597-9978.
The walrus tusk, one of a pair of tusks that was exhibited in a bed room on the second floor of the Home, is 15 inches long with a circumference of 5.5 inches. The rough outer surface has been polished and the tip have been carved and sharpened. Photos of the tusk are attached below.
The NPS is working with the FBI to have the tusk added to the FBI’s national stolen art list.
A reward of $1,000 is being offered to anyone with information leading to the return of the tusk and the arrest and conviction of the offender.