Thefts at Pioneer Music Museum in Anita
September 24th, 2012 by Doug Evans
A break in has been reported at the Iowa Pioneer Music Museum in Anita. Bob Everhart, curator of the museum, says among the items that were stolen were two unauthenticated Johnny Cash harmonicas.
Everhart says the break-in likely occurred sometime within the past week or two. He says the break in was discovered Friday night during intermission of a show at the Oak Tree Opry. Everhart says the thieves broke into a hidden window in the back of the building.
Everhart says he doesn’t understand the motivation behind the theft of the two Johnny Cash harmonicas. He says since they have not been authenticated, the harmonicas really don’t have much value.
Besides the losses from the stolen items, the museum will also need to repair the hidden window the thieves used to break into the building. He says since the museum doesn’t make any money, a benefit has been scheduled to help pay for the $500-$600 repairs. That benefit will be held on October 12 at 7 PM at the Oak Tree Opry.
So far police do not have any leads on the thefts.