Police say Daniel Lorello stole some very famous items — such as a letter written in 1823 by vice president John Calhoun — and copies of the "Davy Crockett Almanacs." Lorello apparently did not take such other treasures as the state's original first draft of the Emancipation Proclamation or a complete set of autographs from the signers of the Declaration of Independence.
Lorello has pleaded not guilty to charges of grand larceny, possession of stolen property and fraud. But the attorney general's office has released a written confession made earlier. Authorities say Lorello did it — to pay off his daughter's $10,000 credit card debt.