Iowa man charged in theft of artifacts from Muskegon veterans museum

Posted at 5:41 PM, Aug 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-28 17:41:29-04

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — A 61-year-old man has been charged in the theft of artifacts from a western Michigan museum that's housed on a World War II-era warship.

Muskegon County Prosecutor D.J. Hilson says John Anthony Zaputil is named in a warrant this week charging him with larceny. Hilson said Zaputil is from Iowa, but had been staying at a Muskegon-area hotel in recent months.

Zaputil declined to comment, citing the advice of an attorney. The Muskegon Chronicle reports Zaputil is a licensed osteopathic physician in Michigan.

Police have said about a dozen items were taken Aug. 3 from the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum in Muskegon, including medals, a shoulder patch and lapel pins. Hilson says they weren't immediately recovered. WOOD-TV reports a surveillance photo helped lead investigators to Zaputil.