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Man who stole Revolutionary-era rifle from museum decades ago sentenced to 1 day

Thomas Gavin stole the 1775 flintlock rifle from the Valley Forge State Park Museum and kept it in his barn for 47 years. The rifle has been returned.


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A 78-year-old Pennsylvania man who stole a rare Revolutionary-era rifle from a museum in 1971 was sentenced Tuesday to one day in prison and a year of home confinement, prosecutors said.


The man, Thomas Gavin, of Pottstown, was also fined $25,000 and ordered to pay restitution of $23,385.


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Interesting article. I'm sure there is a lot more cases like this that will come out. I feel like I heard that museum theft was pretty common in th 1960s-80s.

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