Maryland Historical Society thief leaves prison

A man who stole documents from the Maryland Historical Society and other archives nationwide has been released from prison where he spent the last year.

A lawyer for Jason Savedoff confirmed he was released Thursday.

Savedoff pleaded guilty to helping New York presidential memorabilia collector Barry Landau steal thousands of rare and valuable documents and other memorabilia. Landau also pleaded guilty and is serving a seven year prison sentence.

The pair would visit the collections and secretly put documents in hidden pockets of their jackets and overcoats. They were caught while attempting to take documents from the Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore in July 2011.

Savedoff’s lawyers said their client was used by Landau, his mentor. Savedoff ultimately cooperated with authorities and helped investigators recover additional stolen items.

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