An artifact stolen nearly two months ago is back at the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA).
The museum recently announced that the historic jewelry box, which was stolen back in January, has been safely recovered on Monday. This was the box that was made in the late 19th century by San Francisco goldsmith A. Andrews (who also signed the box), and it is made out of gold and quartz, complete with engravings of railroad and Native American scenes. Although the artifact is back at the OMCA, it won’t be on view just quite yet. The museum plans to perform careful conversation examination, and also to figure out how to better protect this artifact.
According to Oakland Police, a parolee from Hayward has been apprehended on suspicion of burglary inside of the OMCA. Along with an extensive video surveillance system, police were able to trace the box through pictures on the suspect’s cell phone. He currently remains at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, held without bond.
And this is not the first time the jewelry box was stolen and recovered. Another such incident happened back in 1978. So far, it is the only thing that has been recovered from the recent burglaries, as the museum still has yet to recover some gold nuggets and 19th century pistols stolen back in November.