It was just after 2 a.m. Saturday in a Staten Island Hilton Garden Inn when a well-dressed woman removed a pair of replica “Wizard of Oz” Ruby Red Slippers from a display case and fled.
Police are trying to identify the thief. The hotel’s owner told the Staten Island Advance the slippers were purchased in Paris, are worth $2,500 and were meant to remind guests “there’s no place like home.”
According to the Smithsonian, several pairs of slippers were made for the 1939 movie and they have a pair that were donated anonymously in 1979. “The slippers are one of the most asked about artifacts at the Smithsonian,” the museum says on its website.