Buffalo Man Charged With Stealing Historical Documents

May 28, 2013 Updated May 28, 2013 at 11:45 AM EDT

By Mitch Simon

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Buffalo Man Charged With Stealing Historical Documents

May 28, 2013 Updated May 28, 2013 at 11:45 AM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - A Buffalo man has been charged by criminal complaint with mail fraud.

According to attorneys, according to the complaint, 50-year-old Daniel Witek is associated with various museums and libraries in Western New York.

He is accused of stealing at least five historical letters from the Buffalo History Museum. The defendant then tried to sell the letters to Lion Heart Autographs in New York City.

If convicted, Witek faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine or both.

If you are a public or private collector of rare books, letters or artwork and believe an item or items are missing from your collection, please contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation at 716-856-7800.