Some weapons stolen from Tom Mix Museum are recovered

Wednesday, December 15th 2004, 12:30 pm
By: News On 6

DEWEY, Okla. (AP) _ Authorities have recovered five of the 12 handguns that were owned by cowboy movie star Tom Mix and stolen more than two years ago from the Tom Mix Museum.

Officials also said one suspect in the burglary, Kendall Vance Stumpff, 33, of Bartlesville was in custody on a second-degree burglary charge.

A warrant was issued in Washington County for a second suspect, Daniel Ray Dean, 36, of Pawhuska.

Dean confessed to the burglary in an interview with Osage County sheriff's deputies, according to a court affidavit.

The search continues for the remaining weapons, taken from the museum on April 12, 2002, in what police called a ``smash-and-grab'' robbery.

The museum is not getting the weapons back just yet, they remain in the custody of law enforcement until the museum improves its security.

After the burglary, the museum's remaining rifles and shotguns were transferred to the Oklahoma Historical Society in Oklahoma City.

``We are undertaking a few things at the local level to enhance security,'' said Bruce Johnson, Dewey's city manager.

``Our hope is that we would be able to secure the building well enough so that we could display them once again.''

Johnson says Mix worked at a ranch in the area and was the town marshal for a short time before going to Hollywood.

Mix appeared in more than 300 movies from 1909 through 1935. He died in an auto accident in 1940 at age 60.