19 Nov 2011

Museum medal system changed since thefts

2:38 pm on 19 November 2011

Waiouru Army Museum has changed its systems since a former curator stole 750 medals, making it easier for people to find their relatives' medals.

Keith Davies, 57, was sentenced in the Wellington District Court on Friday to three years prison on several charges, including theft as a servant, and obtaining by deception.

The museum's current director says many changes were made once Davies' crimes were revealed.

Retired Colonel Ray Seymour says the museum will open a medal repository next month that will allow people to use electronic means to quickly find out which tray specific medals are in.

The stolen medals were worth $235,000. Davies was ordered to pay $50,000 reparation.