Pa. man allegedly stole Nazi memorabilia from Canfield veterans museum
By Jordyn Grzelewski
A Pennsylvania man faces a felony theft charge after being accused of stealing World War II-era German army memorabilia from the American Legion War Vet Museum on East Main Street.
John Sizemore, 47, of Conneaut Lake is charged with felony theft and misdemeanor possession of criminal tools.
The charges stem from two instances of theft from the museum Nov. 19 and Nov. 26.
The thefts first were reported to police Nov. 30, when museum staff told police that 21 German army memorabilia items from World War II had been taken from a display case and a restroom. A male suspect was shown on surveillance video visiting both areas on both of those days, according to a police report.
Police made an arrest after the same man, later identified as Sizemore, reportedly returned to the museum Dec. 3. After observing and speaking with him, police searched Sizemore and found a pocket knife and screwdriver on him.
He reportedly admitted to police that he stole the items and then sold them on Craigslist for a total of $380. The estimated value of the stolen items is at least $3,489, with the possibility of it being higher due to the irreplaceable nature of the memorabilia, according to the report.
Stolen items included “World War II Nazi Germany war medals,” plus pins and insignia patches, according to court records.
As of Dec. 6, Sizemore told police that he was in the process of buying back the items to return to the police.
Sizemore appeared in Mahoning County Area Court here last week, where no plea was accepted for the felony charge and a plea of not guilty was entered for the misdemeanor charge. He is scheduled to be back in court here Dec. 30.
Sizemore is reportedly under probation in Pennsylvania. City police also noted in their report that Sizemore was charged Sept. 30 with theft and receiving stolen property in Beaver County, Pa.