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Thieves Make Off With Elephant Tusks, Gift To D.C. From Ethiopian Emperor

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D.C. Police are asking for the public's help in tracking down a set of ivory tusks stolen from the Wilson Building in August of last year.

The elephant tusks were given to the city as a gift from the Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I during a world tour in 1954.

Police report that the tusks were stolen some time between Aug. 12 and Aug. 27, when the theft was discovered. As to why the announcement was made today, months after the robbery was discovered, police spokeswoman Saray Leon declined to comment.

There's a $1,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest and conviction. Those with information are urged to send in their tip to D.C. Crime Solvers.


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