September 16, 2014
WILLOW CREEK, Calif. (AP) - Humboldt County authorities are searching for suspects who stole about $750,000 worth of elephant tusks and other rare goods from a small wildlife museum.
The sheriff's office says the break-in occurred early Friday morning at the Tonkin Wildlife Museum in Willow Creek. Deputies who received a call about an audible alarm found the museum's back door had been pried open.
The Eureka Times-Standard reports the stolen goods were the prized possessions of 97-year-old Arthur Tonkin, who hunted the animals that are displayed at the museum.
The missing items include a mounted elk head, bear skin rug, kangaroo rug and two ivory elephant tusks weighing 100 pounds each. The Tonkin family is offering a $1,000 reward for their return.
Officials say the museum has permits to display the ivory.
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