SLCPD seeks public’s help in finding stolen museum artifacts

Nov 11, 2022, 5:00 AM
The Roberts' stolen badges and insignias are pictured. (Salt Lake City Police Department)
(Salt Lake City Police Department)

SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake City Police Department requested help Thursday to find two “priceless” police badges from the early 1900s. The one-of-a-kind badges disappeared along with other items in a 2013 SLCPD awards gala, and there have been no leads in the investigation since. 

Det. Michael Ruff of the SLCPD said the Department had “exhausted every place [the SLCPD] could find and every person [the police] could talk to.”

Ruff said the stolen badges are not the common “service badges” Salt Lake police have worn for over a century. These special gold editions went to a father-son-duo who led the Police Mutual Aid Association, PMAA, through 1955. The PMAA is a nonprofit that supports the families of fallen officers and organizes community events for the SLCPD. 

Only one of each badge exists, and they are engraved with the name of “John Roberts, Sr.” and “John Roberts, Jr.,” according to Ruff. The Roberts served a combined 83 years on the police force, starting in 1890.

Also missing is each officer’s service badge and cap insignia, an antique PMAA letterhead, PMAA booklets and possibly a copy of the PMAA letter of incorporation, according to an SLCPD press release.

Ruff said these badges belong back in the police museum to “preserve that history of our department as one of the oldest departments in the country.”

The Salt Lake Police Department has operated for 170 years. 

The police have directed anyone with information about the stolen items to contact the SLCPD public relations unit at PolicePRUnit@slcgov.com. 

Related: SLCPD joins other Utah agencies on TikTok

Today’s Top Stories


false lockdown...
Devin Oldroyd

Lehi building placed on false lockdown after report of unconcealed gun

A Lehi building was placed on a false lockdown following a report of a man with an unconcealed firearm. There was determined to be no threat at the scene.
1 day ago
Holiday Police Pay-it-Forward event....
Waverly Golden

Salt Lake City Police Department hosts holiday Pay-it-Forward event

Salt Lake City Police Department along with SLC School District paired 50 children with a police officer for a holiday shopping experience.
1 day ago
Four Dead University of Idaho...
Aya Elamroussi, CNN

Authorities swat down rumors surrounding unsolved killings of 4 University of Idaho students

Authorities in a small Idaho city that had not recorded a murder in years are urging the public to be vigilant against rumors and conjectures surrounding the unsolved killings of four college students last month.
1 day ago
A west valley police car is pictured. Police are investigating a hit and run...
Mark Jones

Fire in West Valley City home contained to one room in basement

A fire inside a West Valley City home Friday was contained to one room in the basement, according to fire officials on scene.
2 days ago
Authorities in Washington County are investigating the discovery of the body of a 36-year-old man e...
Mark Jones

Staff member at school in southern Utah arrested for alleged sexual abuse

A 22-year-old staff member of a school in southern Utah was arrested Thursday by the Washington County Sheriff's Office for alleged sexual abuse.
2 days ago
provo police car is pictured, the department is investigation a hit-and-run...
Samantha Herrera

21-year-old woman killed in Provo hit-and-run

21-year-old Isabelle Parr was identified as the victim of a hit-and-run in Provo on Thursday. Police believe she was hit while jogging.
2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Spicy Homemade Loaded Taters Tots...

5 game day snacks for the whole family (with recipes!)

Try these game day snacks to make watching football at home with your family feel like a special occasion. 
Happy joyful smiling casual satisfied woman learning and communicates in sign language online using...

The best tools for Deaf and hard-of-hearing workplace success

Here are some of the best resources to make your workplace work better for Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees.
Team supporters celebrating at a tailgate party...

8 Delicious Tailgate Foods That Require Zero Prep Work

In a hurry? These 8 tailgate foods take zero prep work, so you can fuel up and get back to what matters most: getting hyped for your favorite
christmas decorations candles in glass jars with fir on a old wooden table...
Western Nut Company

12 Mason Jar Gift Ideas for the 12 Days of Christmas [with recipes!]

There are so many clever mason jar gift ideas to give something thoughtful to your neighbors or friends. Read our 12 ideas to make your own!
wide shot of Bear Lake with a person on a stand up paddle board...

Pack your bags! Extended stays at Bear Lake await you

Work from here! Read our tips to prepare for your extended stay, whether at Bear Lake or somewhere else nearby.
young boy with hearing aid...

Accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing

These different types of accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing can help them succeed in school.
SLCPD seeks public’s help in finding stolen museum artifacts