CLARENCE, N.Y. (WKBW) — It's a mystery in the Clarence History Museum. A handmade 1912 wedding dress has gone missing. Doug Larkin, President of the Historical Society of Clarence, says he believes someone stole the historic fashion piece.
"It's the first time I know that anything has ever been taken from this building," Larkin said.
Sunday July 28th, Doug and his wife were at the museum moving in and out a new genealogy library collection, when Doug's wife screamed and noticed the wedding dress was gone. Larkin called the Erie County Sheriff's office and they have been investigating ever since.
The Clarence History Museum did have an alarm system, and investigators found the system was shut off Thursday night July 25th into Friday.
"The person did have a key and they did have the alarm code," Larkin said. "We were able to go back though the alarm panel found out the alarm was turned off."
Larkin said the dress and a ceramic doll were taken. The Historical Society wants to get this incident into the public, hoping the person who do it will return the dress.
For the future the museum will be more alert on it's security measures. A Clarence neighbor has also offered to donate another historic wedding dress to take the place of the old one.