Some of the items stolen from a Lauritzen Gardens storage unit last month have been recovered.
Thieves broke in between the night of March 22nd and the morning of March 24th, taking 51, one-of-a-kind birdhouses and reproductions of two of Omaha’s most iconic buildings, Union Station (now the Durham Museum) and Central High School, used for the Model Railroad Garden.
Thirty-four of the handcrafted birdhouses and the Union Station reproduction have been found thanks to numerous tips. Police are still looking for 17 birdhouses and the reproduction of Central High School.
Many people like Rebecca Englebretson and her son have enjoyed the Model Railroad Garden in years past. “He liked the moving trains and to watch it go by.” She was shocked to find out that pieces of that display had been stolen. “I guess I’m disappointed that someone would do that and sad obviously, but mostly just disappointed.”
The birdhouses had been made by a garden member. "He was inspired by a project his dad did when he was younger to make bird houses out of scrap wood and old license plates and memorabilia that represented each state,” said Mia Jenkins with Lauritzen Gardens. They were used for a special display around July 4th.
All the items were important to the garden and they’re hoping someone will come forward information. “We are just still hopeful that we can recover the items and continue to display them for the enjoyment and entertainment of the community,” said Jenkins.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the items is asked to call 402-346-4002, extension 264. Lauritzen Gardens is offering a reward.