Police investigating possible theft of Texas Declaration of Independence at the Alamo

November 16, 2012 3:28:53 AM PST
There is confusion at the Alamo after a possible theft of a copy of the Texas Declaration of Independence. And that's raising questions about the security of priceless pieces of Texas history.

It all began with a call to police Thursday morning about a possible theft at the Alamo, and now police are trying to decide whether that's actually the case.

Leaders with the Daughters of the Republic of Texas tell us they believe the investigation at the Alamo is all because of an overzealous worker from the local chapter. And it's a situation that's left local police pretty confused.

We're told workers at the Alamo called San Antonio police Thursday morning reporting a 19th century medicine bag was stolen. They also reported one of two original 1920s-era copies of the Texas Declaration of Independence was possibly switched for a fake reproduction.

We're told the Alamo Mission Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas guards those items and kept them in an office behind the library on the four-acre complex in downtown San Antonio.

The local police chief says the medicine bag was later found in the office. He also says he's not sure if a theft actually occurred there. Right now, investigators are waiting for authenticators to look at the documents.

One tourist we talked to from Liberty, Texas called the investigation disturbing.

"I hope they can get this solved and find out who did it and get it returned. I just can't fathom somebody stealing something like that that belongs to everybody," said Brian Smith.

An historian and president general for the Daughters of the Republic of Texas told us she's confident no items were taken from the Alamo. She's since asked the librarian to put the documents on display.

The Daughters of the Republic of Texas and the Texas General Land Office say they are very concerned about security. The groups also say they're confident no security measures have been breached.


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