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FBI seeks libraries’ help in document theft probe

After police charged two men, including a presidential historian, with stealing millions of dollars in documents from the Maryland Historical Society, the FBI is asking other libraries and historical societies if the men have accessed their special collections and valuable documents.

Baltimore police charged Barry Landau, 63, and Jason Savedoff, 24, both of New York City, on Saturday with theft of more than $100,000 and they were ordered held on Monday. After an employee spotted Savedoff take a document out of the library, police searched a locker Savedoff had a key to and found 60 documents, including papers signed by President Abraham Lincoln worth $300,000, according to charging documents.

The FBI is involved in the investigation under a federal statute that covers thefts from museums.