Melbourne Museum thefts prompt security review – Local News – News – General – Melbourne Times Weekly
MELBOURNE Museum will review its security following the theft of two items this month.
On May 7 between 1am and 3am, an Aboriginal spearthrower from Central Australia and a T-shirt from another exhibition were stolen from the Carlton museum.
Museum Victoria spokeswoman Emma Watts would not reveal what kind of security the museum had at the time of the theft. However, she confirmed the museum was investigating how the thief stole the items. No alarm was sounded at the time.
‘‘Clearly on this occasion our systems have not worked fully and, as with any serious incident, we will immediately undertake a full review of security at the museum,’’ Ms Watts said.
The spearthrower, which is made of mulga wood, is about 80 centimetres long, with carved circles and lines depicting waterholes, creeks and claypans. The thief used the stolen T-shirt to disguise his face. The suspect was described as a 1.8-metre tall male with a slight build.
Museum Victoria chief executive Patrick Greene said the spearthrower was of ‘‘great cultural significance’’ and appealed for both items to be returned.
‘‘We are obviously deeply concerned at this incident. The safety of all items at our museum is of the highest importance,’’ Dr Greene said.
Melbourne North Crime Investigation Unit Senior Constable Andrew White said investigations were continuing.
The incident has not affected the museum’s Winter Masterpieces exhibition, Tutankhamun and The Golden Age of the Pharaohs.