Dewey Police looking for suspects who stole a piece of movie history

Sunday, April 28th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

Tom Mix was one of the silver screen's most famous cowboys. He appeared in more than three hundred westerns.

Most of Mix's famous items are on display at a Washington County museum. But a few items are now missing.

News on Six reporter Patrina Adger says the Tom Mix Museum has been a fixture in Dewey, Oklahoma ever since it opened in 1968. It's a place where western movie enthusiasts come to learn about the man who many consider to be the "King of Cowboys." "He was one of the early great cowboys."

But next to the display of Mix's famous horse, Tony and hundreds of other uniforms and items used in his films, is a broken, case with empty show pan from name to empty hooks. Hooks where Mix's famous hand guns used to hang. Peggy Berryhill, Tom Mix Museum manager, "I got a call that there was a break-in." Bill Breshars, Dewey Police Department, "This door was broken out and glass laid throughout the entry way."

Within minutes bandits smashed through the case and grabbed eleven handguns worth more than $20,000. "I was sorta stunned. Then you get an odd feeling someone took something personal." "This was a valuable piece of history for this city."

Charlie Everett is visiting the museum for the first time. "It saddens me that people are like that." The stolen guns are monogrammed with Mix's last name and initials so they're easily identified. Hill says she hopes the handguns will be returned soon. "They're antiques for one thing. They're part of history."

Bartlesville's Crimestoppers is offering a reward to anyone with information leading to the arrest of the suspect or suspects involved in this crime. Call 918-336-CLUE, that's 918-336-2583. And you can remain anonymous.