by Caitlin Huston
LOGANSPORT — A Victorian wedding dress and other historical pieces of clothing were stolen from the Cole Clothing Museum sometime last week, according to the Logansport Police Department.
Jean Cole, owner of the museum at 900 E. Broadway, said the theft most likely occurred sometime last week between Tuesday night and Friday morning. The doors of the museum were damaged and a wedding dress, a Victorian top and a dress from the 1960s, as well as other items were reported stolen.
Assistant Chief Bryan Hillis of the Logansport Police Department said no arrests have been made so far.
Cole discovered the break-in when she arrived at the museum Friday morning.
“When I walked up to the door, both doors were wide open,” she said.
She also discovered stained glass broken out of the second set of doors. Hillis said he believes the burglars broke the glass to get inside the museum.
“It appears that they broke out a piece of glass near the door and were able to reach inside and unlock the door,” Hillis said.
Hillis would not say whether police had any suspects.
Cole said the thieves had taken a mannequin dressed in a wedding gown from 1860 in addition to a dress from the 1960s. Each was valued at about $300, she said.
The top of another Victorian dress was missing, as well as assorted clothing, Cole said. She also said clothing was scattered around the first floor of the museum and some plates had been broken.
She said some items in the museum had been stained with blood.
“I think they were hunting for Halloween costumes,” Cole said of the missing items.
“Those two dresses were pretty valuable, but there were other valuable things they could have taken,” she added.
Cole said the museum has never experienced anything like this in the 13 years the museum has been on East Broadway.
“It just really upsets me because it’s never happened before,” Cole said. “It’s just somebody coming in on your personal property and doing damage.”
To keep businesses secure, Hillis recommended making sure the doors are properly locked, leaving the lights on when no one’s in the business and making sure motion sensors and camera systems are working properly.
• Caitlin Huston is a staff reporter of the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5148 or firstname.lastname@example.org.