Historic Document Thief Pleads Guilty in Maryland

Posted on November 3, 2011


Canadian-American Jason James Savedoff has pled guilty to conspiring to steal and sell historic documents from museums in multiple states.   He explained the thefts were committed under the leadership of Barry H. Landau, a recognized Manhattan collector.  The two were indicted last July on conspiracy and “theft of major art” charges after an employee of the Maryland Historical Society caught Savedoff stealing a text.

Investigators found more than 10,000 illicit items and dozens of stolen documents in Landau’s apartment where both men were living. Amidst the pillaged documents were texts referenced to Abraham Lincoln, Napoleon, Beethoven, George Washington, and John Hancock.

Savedoff’s sentencing which is scheduled for February 10 could result in a maximum of 15 years in prison and fines of up to $500,000.

Read the full article at the Baltimore Sun: Savedoff pleads guilty in historic document case.

Or, check out more CPAL articles on book thieves.

Thanks to Kristina Bauer for her assistance with this post.