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Federal charges in Oakland jewelry box heist
March 21, 2013, 05:00 AM The Associated Press
A 45-year-old parolee is now facing federal charges in the theft of a valuable Gold Rush-era jewelry box from the Oakland Museum of California.

A complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Oakland accuses Andre Taray Franklin of stealing and then selling the artifact for $1,500. It is valued at $805,000.

Federal prosecutors say Franklin later threatened to report the owner to police if he didn't turn over another $10,000.

Franklin was arrested in March, two months after the gold-encrusted box was stolen. He was previously charged with receiving stolen property by Alameda County prosecutors.

The federal complaint was filed on Friday.

Federal prosecutors say Franklin was arrested after they found his DNA on an axe used in the theft. His shoes allegedly matched footprints found outside the museum as well.


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