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HAMILTON — A brazen thief showed little respect for the founders and veterans of Butler County when he broke in and stole money and historical weaponry from the Soldiers, Sailors and Pioneers Monument.

Weapons stolen during monument break-in
By Richard Wilson, Staff Writer
Updated 8:24 PM Tuesday, August 11, 2009
HAMILTON — A brazen thief showed little respect for the founders and veterans of Butler County when he broke in and stole money and historical weaponry from the Soldiers, Sailors and Pioneers Monument.
The break-in at 1 S. Monument Ave., which occurred between Aug. 1 and Aug. 5, was captured on a security video.
Police released the video Tuesday, Aug. 11, in hopes that someone will come forward to identify the thief.
The video clearly shows a man dressed in jeans shorts, white tennis shoes, a dark T-shirt and ball cap using a fire extinguisher to break open a Civil War display case. Based on what appears to be natural light on the video, police said the break-in may have occurred around 9 a.m.
The unidentified suspect stole an unknown amount of money and at least two Civil War era swords, two rifles and a model of a 1928 Thompson sub-machine gun, according to police records.
The swords were later recovered in the bushes behind the monument close to where the suspect broke a window to gain entry, said Hamilton police spokesman Rich Burkhardt.
One of the rifles was taken from a pioneer statue that stands near the front entrance, said Don Shollenbarger, curator and manager.
The monument is open only two days a week after the business hours were changed because of budget cuts in the MetroParks of Butler County, said Shollenbarger.
“The monument was built to honor all the veterans of Butler County, Ohio,” said Shollenbarger, a Vietnam veteran. “He’s really dishonored the veterans that have served this country.”
If you have information about this crime, you are asked to call the Hamilton police public affairs office at (513) 868-5811, ext. 2007.

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