CANFIELD, Ohio (WYTV) – A Pennsylvania man is facing theft charges, accused of stealing memorabilia from a war museum in Canfield.
Police said 47-year-old John Sizemore, of Conneaut Lake, admitted that he stole 24 items, including German medals and World War II memorabilia. The thefts were reported in November from the War Vet Museum in Canfield.
He was caught when he returned to the museum earlier this month with a small screwdriver and a pocket knife.
Three officers responded to the museum when workers spotted Sizemore on a surveillance camera. They told officers Sizemore had been at the museum for the past two Saturdays when things had gone missing.
According to the police report, 15 German Army memorabilia items were taken from the bathroom of the museum on November 19 and nine German Army medals were taken from a display case the following Saturday, November 26.
Sizemore told police he sold the items on Craigslist for just under $400. They were valued at over $3,400.
He said that he was in the process of buying back the memorabilia and would return them, according to a police report.
“We’re hoping to get them back in the hands of the War Vet Museum but even in the Ohio Revised Code under the theft section, there’s a specific subsection that talks about the type of items that are stolen from victims, especially with this type of history,” said Canfield Police Detective Brian McGivern. “There’s one particular item that’s a piece of shrapnel. I mean, that’s irreplaceable.”
A volunteer at the museum said all of the items are irreplaceable and have more meaning than most would ever realize.
Sizemore will be in court on December 30 for charges related to this crime, including felony theft and possessing criminal tools.
Police said he has a lengthy criminal history, which includes charges of burglary, arson and escape. He’s also currently on probation in Pennsylvania for theft and charges of receiving stolen property in Beaver County.
33 WYTV News reached out to the owner of the War Vet Museum for comment, but has not heard back yet.