Reward offered for stolen historical artifacts

CREATED Feb. 11, 2014 - UPDATED: Feb. 11, 2014

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BROOKFIELD - In the walls of his office, Scott Mayer hosts a "who's who" of American history.

The businessman displays a dozen pieces featuring autographs, artifacts and photos from three centuries of American celebrity.
 
"One of my marquee items here," he said pointing to a document signed twice by John Hancock. "Everyone knows who John Hancock is."
 
It's a collection big enough it took a few days to realize last month three of the pieces were gone.
 
"I happened to look over and it hit me like a ton of bricks," Mayer said. "First it was the George Washington that jumped out at me then I was wondering what else am I missing."
 
Missing from the collection -- and presumed stolen -- were a George Washington signature, a note written and signed by Abraham Lincoln and a request for mileage reimbursement from Benjamin Franklin.
 
"The Benjamin Franklin, being a full-blown letter from 1787, offering the mileage reimbursement for a horse and carriage, that's the priceless piece for me," he said.
 
Brookfield Police have been building a case since the items were noticed missing in late January, but Mayer is hoping some attention and a $5,000 reward can bring them home sooner.
 
"If you put it that way, where I could have them prosecuted and never get them back, or pay the $5,000 reward and get them back, I'd take em back in a heartbeat."
 
Anyone with information should contact Brookfield Police.