A suspect has been arrested and a stolen Gold Rush-era jewelry box recovered after the historic artifact was taken from the Oakland Museum of California in January, museum officials said today. The box, which dates back to the late 1800s, was taken in an overnight heist on Jan. 7. The object is described as a 7- by 9-inch quartz-and-gold-encrusted box that weighs about 3 pounds and depicts scenes of early pioneer life. It was taken from an alarmed Plexiglas case in what was the second burglary at the museum in the past few months. The museum, which had offered a $12,000 reward for the artifact’s safe return, announced today that a suspect is in custody and the box has found.
Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, Oakland police and museum officials will release more information about the recovery this afternoon at a news conference at the museum. The Oakland Museum of California is located at 1000 Oak St. in Oakland.
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