Sources: Civil War museum’s alarm system was disconnected

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A burglary at the National Civil War Museum nearly two weeks ago didn’t trigger the alarm system because several security cameras had been disconnected, ABC27 News sources said.

The sources said surveillance cameras only recorded during the day when security officers were on duty. The museum reportedly did not employ a night guard.

cameron-pistols_page_4Three antique guns were stolen during the Feb. 14 burglary, including a city-owned presentation case of two revolvers that Samuel Colt gave to Simon Cameron, secretary of war under President Abraham Lincoln.

Police said the stolen guns were in a glass case and were part of a National Rifle Association-sponsored exhibit that had drawn protests.

In a Feb. 19 letter to museum CEO Wayne Motts, city solicitor Neil Grover wrote that the museum lacks operating interior cameras or recording devices and on-site, after-hours security personnel. He said the museum is left essentially unsecured for long periods of time.

Grover wrote that the deficiencies had to be known to the museum but for whatever reason were allowed to continue.

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