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Thursday July 27 1:43 PM ET
Titanic Address Book Stolen
 

CHICAGO (AP) - A ``priceless'' address book from the Titanic has been stolen from an exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry, police said Thursday.

Museum officials reported the theft about 8 p.m. Wednesday, said Officer Joseph Bourgoyne, a Chicago police spokesman. The black, leather-bound address book - about 51/2 by 23/4 inches in size with the words ``Maryland Club Rye'' - had been in a glass display case that was secured by two screws.

The booklet also contained a satin purple bookmark that says ``BPO Elks,'' Bourgoyne said.

Museum spokeswoman Elizabeth Keating described the booklet as priceless because ``it has been recovered two miles below the ocean's surface.''

Officials noticed the book was missing on Wednesday morning, Keating said.

Investigators were still trying to determine Thursday how the thief or thieves might have gotten into the case. However, Bourgoyne would not say whether the case was open or damaged when investigators arrived.

He said no other artifacts in the case were taken. He also said the room the case is in does not have security cameras.

Officials at RMS Titanic Inc., the Florida company that owns the rights to objects recovered from the ship, declined to comment.

It is part of an exhibit called ``Titanic: The Exhibition,'' which includes more than 300 relics recovered from the site of the sunken ship.

The exhibit opened in February and runs through Sept. 4.

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On the Net: Museum of Science and Industry: http://www.msichicago.org/




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