43 years later, FBI still seeks stolen treasure from Truman Library
Photo from the Truman Presidential Library, showing the items before the theft.{ } (Truman Library)

It's been 43 years, but the Federal Bureau of Investigations is still looking for the national treasures stolen from the Truman Presidential Library.

The theft happened on March 24th, 1978, at the library at 500 W. US Hwy 24, Independence, MO. The FBI says just before 6:30 a.m., a car pulled up to the south gate of the library.

Two people broke into the library and stole three ceremonial swords and two daggers. The items were given to President Harry S. Truman by the Saudi Crown Prince Saud and the Shah of Iran. The five items were valued between $700,000 and $1,000,000 in 1978.

The FBI says the theft took just minutes. They believe the thieves knew the library's security procedures.

The FBI is asking for the public's help in recovery the stolen treasures. They are offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the recovery of the swords and daggers. Anyone who knows anything about the theft or the location of the items should contact the FBI's Kansas City office at 816-512-8200 or submit a tip online.

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