Thieves Set Sights on Museum's Eyeball

By Brandon Benavides
|  Tuesday, Oct 5, 2010  |  Updated 8:46 AM EDT
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Thieves Set Sights on Museum's Eyeball

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Officials at The Science Museum of Virginia wanted to treat their visitors to a spooktacular eyeball to promote their new Goose Bumps exhibit. But thieves had their own trick for the Halloween-themed exhibit.

Thieves stole a fabric cover resembling an eyeball Saturday, just 12 hours after the staff wrapped it around the museum’s 29-ton Grand Kugel ball.
 
"We thought it would be kind of cool to turn the Kugel into an eyeball," Richard Conti, Science Museum Director, told the Richmond Times-Dispatch. "We have mummies and sea monsters in the Imax, and it was just kind of a fun way to get attention that something new and different is going on here."
 
The eyeball decoration is valued at $4,000.
 
Virginia Capitol Police are investigating the theft.

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