Baltimore County Police are asking for the public's help in finding a quilt that was stolen from the Benjamin Banneker Museum in Oella.
According to police, someone broke the glass of the rear door to get inside the museum at 4:25 a.m. on Dec. 19. While inside, the suspect destroyed a television, picture frame and several items in the gift shop. The suspect then removed the historic quilt, which was hanging from the ceiling.
The quilt is 43 inches by 63 inches and has a gold border with gold feathers. One side has images of chains, an American eagle and two hands. The other side has the phrase “Maryland the Free State Code 1860 Law” and patchwork of various laws and legal writings.
The break-in triggered the alarm and shortly after a witness nearby saw a white minivan leave the property. The van had a blue decal on the side with the letters "AE."
Anyone with information is asked to call Baltimore County Police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7-LOCKUP (1-866-756-2587). To text a message to Metro Crime Stoppers, send to "CRIMES" (274637), then enter the message starting with "MCS," or e-mail a tip to www.metrocrimestoppers.org. Those contacting Metro Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and might be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.