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Titanic artifact is stolen from Chicago exhibit

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CHICAGO — A "priceless" address book from the Titanic has been stolen from an exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry, police said Thursday.

Museum officials reported the theft about 8 p.m. Wednesday, said officer Joseph Bourgoyne, a Chicago police spokesman. The black, leather-bound address book — about 5 1/2 by 2 3/4 inches in size and with the words "Maryland Club Rye" — had been in a glass display case that was secured by two screws.

Investigators were still trying to determine Thursday how the thief or thieves might have gotten into the case. Bourgoyne said no other artifacts in the case were taken. He also said the room the case is in does not have security cameras.

The address book is part of an exhibit called "Titanic: The Exhibition," which includes more than 300 relics recovered from the site of the sunken ship.

The exhibit runs through Sept. 4.