Police investigating burglary at Elkhart’s Hall of Heroes Museum

Director of museum starts GoFundMe to repair damages, replace rare items
Published: Mar. 20, 2023 at 4:42 PM EDT
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ELKHART, Ind. (WNDU) - The Elkhart Police Department is investigating after the Hall of Heroes Superhero Museum was burglarized early Sunday morning.

Police say an officer was dispatched to the museum on Cassopolis Street just after 2:20 a.m. due to a back door alarm being triggered. When the officer arrived, they noticed the door on the south end of the building had a smashed window and the back doors seemed to have been forced open.

After more officers arrived on scene and cleared the building, they found several destroyed superhero memorabilia display cases with contents missing, including several comics.

According to Allen Stewart, the director of the museum, more than 50 rare comic books worth several thousands of dollars were stolen during the burglary, including the first editions Captain America and X-Men.

“We are heartbroken and sick that someone would break into our non-profit museum and steal this valuable history that we have dedicated to preserve and share,” Stewart said.

The museum had just hosted its annual convention earlier this month, with over 100 vendors in attendance.

Currently, no arrests have been made in connection with the burglary, which remains under investigation.

If you have any information regarding this investigation or the missing memorabilia, please call the Elkhart Police Department at 574-295-7070. Anonymous tips can also be made through the department’s website or by emailing tips@elkhartpolice.org.

Meanwhile, A GoFundMe has been started to help with damages and to try and replace prized possessions. The museum did not have insurance on the rare items and cannot afford to replace them. To donate, simply click here.

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