September 17, 2014
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A federal grand jury has indicted a 45-year-old parolee in connection with the theft of a valuable Gold Rush-era jewelry box from the Oakland Museum of California.
U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag said Friday that Andre Taray Franklin, of Oakland was charged on Thursday with theft of major artwork and unlawful concealment and disposition of stolen major artwork.
Franklin is accused of stealing a 19th century gold-encrusted jewelry box valued at more than $800,000 from the museum in January. The box depicts images of early California history and was originally a wedding anniversary gift from a San Francisco pioneer to his wife in the 1800s.
The rare artifact was returned to the museum in March.
No court date has been set as Franklin remains in jail for violating his parole.
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