The man from Minnesota who admitted to stealing the iconic, ruby red slippers Judy Garland wore in “The Wizard of Oz” film said he did it for “one last score,” according to a document filed in federal court Friday.

The slippers were allegedly stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, by now-76-year-old Terry Martin back in 2005, according to ABC News.

Martin’s attorney reportedly wrote in a statement to the court, “While Terry had been crime free for years, the addict’s rush of anticipation was too much, and he gave into the temptation of ‘one last score.’”

Martin’s sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 29.

“It’s a break in the case, which is good,” Janie Heitz, executive director of the Judy Garland Museum, said, per The New York Times. “We are excited, speechless, anxious.”

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How were the ruby slippers returned? The shoes, famously associated with Garland’s character Dorothy clicking her heel three times while saying the phrase “There’s no place like home,” were recovered and returned by the FBI in a sting operation that took place in 2018, according to NBC News.

“The FBI said that the slippers were recovered when a man told the shoes’ insurer in 2017 that he could help get them back. After a nearly yearlong investigation, the slippers were nabbed in Minneapolis,” NBC reported.

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How were the ruby slippers stolen? The New York Times reported that the iconic slippers “were stolen by someone who had broken in through a back entrance and smashed the plexiglass display case holding the shoes. With no fingerprints or security camera footage to go by, the police were left with few clues.”

Heitz told The Associated Press that “she was surprised the suspect lived nearby but said no one who works at the museum knows him.”

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Quotes to note: When Martin was approached by The Minneapolis Star Tribune for a comment, he told the paper, “I gotta go on trial. I don’t want to talk to you.”

Seyward Darby, editor in chief of the Atavist Magazine, reportedly said this is an “exciting day for those of us who’ve been following this story since 2018,” and that “there was a strong suspicion that there was a local connection to the crime — someone with knowledge of the museum, the fact that the slippers were on loan there in the summer of 2005, and how easy they were to steal.”

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