Thief Took ‘Wizard of Oz’ Ruby Slippers For ‘One Final Rating’


There was really “no place like house” for a 76-year-old terminally in poor health thief trying to get in a single final heist earlier than he died.

Terry Jon Martin, a former mobster, admitted to stealing the famed ruby slippers in 2005 from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. The sneakers had been worn by Judy Garland within the 1939 traditional, “The Wizard of Oz.”

Martin ended up chucking the sneakers two days later after realizing the “ruby” slippers weren’t precise gem stones — and thought he could not make a revenue. He didn’t know the sneakers had been insured for $1 million.

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Martin’s protection lawyer, Dane DeKrey, defined in a sentencing memo on Monday that earlier than stealing the sneakers, Martin hadn’t dedicated against the law in over a decade. However, he mentioned, an unidentified former buddy wanted assist stealing the slippers, and Martin admitted he couldn’t resist.

“At first, Terry declined the invitation to take part within the heist. However outdated habits die exhausting, and the considered a ‘ultimate rating’ saved him up at night time,” DeKrey wrote. “After a lot contemplation, Terry had a prison relapse.”

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Martin is presently on hospice and is predicted to stay one other six months, leaving his authorized staff to plead for no jail time.

“Martin is on oxygen always,” the memo said. “A medical willpower was made that Martin’s sickness is terminal, and his life expectancy is lower than six months.”

Martin pleaded responsible to theft final October. His formal sentencing is ready to happen on January 29.