2 accused of stealing historical documents

A federal grand jury in Baltimore indicted two men on charges that they conspired to steal historic documents from museums in Maryland and New York so they could sell them.

Barry Landau, 63, and Jason James Savedoff, 24, are accused of trying to fraudulently obtain documents and manuscripts from museums and other places.

“The indictment alleges that Barry Landau and Jason James Savedoff conspired to steal irreplaceable historical documents from museums and sell them for personal profit,” said United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. “This scheme, which was exposed thanks to a vigilant employee of the Maryland Historical Society, a quick response by the Baltimore Police Department and State’s Attorney’s Office and a swift investigation by the FBI, should send a wake-up call to museums that entrust valuable documents to persons who claim to be engaged in academic research.”

Authorities said they stole valuable copies of speeches given by President Roosevelt, from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum and then Landau sold four of the speeches for $35,000.