Assistant Pleads Guilty In Historic Document Theft

Jason Savedoff document theft
Jason Savedoff document theft

By Sarah Brumfield


BALTIMORE (AP) -- A presidential historian's assistant pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiring to steal valuable documents signed by Abraham Lincoln, Napoleon Bonaparte and other historic figures from both sides of the Atlantic.

Jason Savedoff, 24, of New York City, admits he worked with historian Barry Landau since late last year to steal cultural heritage items from museums throughout the Northeast, including historical societies in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Connecticut and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library, part of the National Archives.