A pair of ruby slippers used in the filming of “The Wizard Of Oz” and stolen from a Minnesota museum 13 years ago are finally returning home.
At a news conference Tuesday morning, the FBI announced that the slippers were seized in a sting operation in Minneapolis earlier this summer.
They were stolen in 2005 from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.
Only four pairs of the shoes used in the film, including the stolen pair, are known to still exist and are valued in the millions at auction.
Despite being a priority investigation for the Grand Rapids Police Department, no trace of the shoes had been found over the years.
In 2017, following word of an extortion plot against the owners of the shoes, the FBI joined the investigation and helped set up the sting operation to recover the ruby slippers.
The investigations into the theft and extortion plots are ongoing — authorities are asking the public’s help to identify all the parties involved and bring them to justice. Search warrants have been executed in Florida and Minnesota in the case. Anyone with information can submit a tip anonymously online at tips.fbi.gov.
The case has been assigned to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for North Dakota. Christopher Myers serves as the U.S. Attorney based in the state.