Barry Landau: Famous U.S. historian busted for theft

One of the nation's most famous historians -- who pals around with the likes of Alec Baldwin and Michael Bolton -- was arrested this weekend and charged with stealing over $1 million worth of U.S. artifacts.

One of the nation's most famous historians -- who is seen on his website paling around with the
likes of Alec Baldwin and Michael Bolton -- was arrested this weekend
and charged with stealing over $1 million worth of U.S. artifacts.



Barry Landau, based out of New York City, was arrested and charged with trying to sneak documents out of the Maryland Historical Society.



Landau, 63, was arrested with Jason Savedoff, 24, both New
Yorkers. Baltimore police say they stole 60 documents that were worth
millions.



According to police documents, Savedoff was collared in the bathroom of
the Historical Society, where they found two keys in his right blazer
pocket.



The keys were to a nearby locker, where a black laptop case had
“numerous historical documents” belonging to the Historical Society.



These documents included a paper signed by president Abraham Lincoln
with a value of $300,000 and a signed commemoration of the Statue of
Liberty valued at $100,000.



Landau was in the library, police said, where employees told cops that the two were sitting together.



Landau is the author of “The President’s Table – Two Hundred Years of Dining & Diplomacy," a tome he proudly displays alongside Catherine Zeta-Jones and Al Pacino.



His website describes him as “one of the foremost collectors of presidential artifacts and memorabilia."

 
 
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