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Stolen Ruby Slippers Slip Away

Lollipop Kid comes up with punishment for stealing iconic slippers



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    A philosophy professor at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale is taking a deeper look at the classic "The Wizard of Oz."

    Dorothy's ruby slippers are hiding somewhere over the rainbow.

    The iconic shoes, which dazzled the feet of the adorable character in 1939's "Wizard of Oz," went missing from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minn. in 2005, the Chicago Tribune reports.

    Stolen, and they couldn't click their heels and get back home.

    Almost five years later, investigators thought they'd finally got the lead they'd wished for when a tipster got in touch with the slipper slueths and claimed a Homer Glen, Illinois resident had the shoes stored in a glass box under a TV.

    The tipster knew details about the movie props that weren't known to the public at large, according to the company that insured the slippers for $1 million. 

    Will County sheriff's police raided the place and didn't find a sole, according to court records.

    The former Grand Rapids investigator who first tried to find the shoe-napper knows the frustration.

    "I do believe it was local people," Gene Bennett, the detective who investigated the missing shoes until his retirement this  year. "When they stole them they didn't realize what they had."
    The Wicked Witch of the West would have known faster than her flying off on her broom.

    The whole robbery got one of the surviving Munchkins madder than the Cowardly Lion after finding his courage, according to the Tribune.

    "Why would they do that?" said Jerry Maren, who played the Lollipop Kid, told the Tribune. "When they catch whoever did it, they should make him wear (the shoes) for a week," the 90 year old said.

    Let's remember what happened to the last person who tried to steal those ruby slippers. She died in a melting accident.