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John Wayne pistol stolen from family collection

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A pistol that John Wayne used in a movie has been reported stolen from his family's collection on display at the John Wayne Marina building in the Olympic Peninsula town of Sequim, Wash.

"They lifted the glass out somehow," assistant harbormaster Tyler Kish said Sunday. "They didn't even take the holster to the gun."

Police were investigating the theft, which was discovered Saturday morning. The gun, which had been plugged and could not be fired, was the only item taken from a locked display case that has also contained cowboy hats, photos and other memorabilia from the late Western actor's movies, Kish said.

Investigators have removed the glass door to check for fingerprints, and the remaining items have been removed from the case for safekeeping, he added.

The marina was built in 1985 on 22 acres of land donated by Wayne's family. Before his death in 1979, the film star maintained a home in Sequim and kept his yacht, Wild Goose, there.