Valuable artifacts stolen from historic home in Liberty

December 20, 2013 7:35:13 AM PST
Historians are making a plea for the public's help to recover artifacts taken from a Liberty County museum.

More than 100 items, from Native American headdresses to pillow cases, were taken from the Jean and Price Daniel home earlier this month.

Surveillance video captured a man lurking around a home last Thursday. In the video, you can see him peek through the windows, glance around and even walk around the home.

Liberty police believe the man later burglarized the nearby historic Jean and Price Daniel home.

Texas State Library and Archives Commissioner Sandra Pickett showed us empty cabinets and stripped display cases there.

Jean Daniel was a descendent of Sam Houston and Price was the governor of Texas from 1957 to 1963. The couple donated the home and all the artifacts inside of it to the state of Texas in 1998. Now, many of their personal belongings are gone.

"Approximately 100 items," said Sandra Pickett with the Texas State Library. "These items ranged from very small items such as cufflinks to a large Indian headdress. In some ways, they're priceless because they don't have a monetary value.

Liberty Police Lieutenant Chip Fairchild says the thief broke in through the glass window in the back of the home sometime between Thursday, December 12, and Saturday, December 14. He believes the suspect was inside for a while, even stealing pillowcases to carry his loot, not knowing President John F. Kennedy once slept there while visiting.

"It may not be worth a whole lot, but it's really worth a lot to the citizens," said Fairchild. "This is a theft, not from an individual or a family. This is a theft from us as citizens in Texas and the United States.

A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest in this case.

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