Photo of box stolen from museum released

Jan. 17, 2013 at 5:12 PM

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- The Oakland Museum of California has released a picture of an ornate quartz-and-gold box that was stolen from the museum this month.

The box -- which city officials said is worth $800,000 -- was made between 1869 and 1878 by San Francisco goldsmith A. Andrews. It was stolen Jan. 7, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

The museum released a picture of the box Wednesday.

Officials said the box was stolen by a thief believed to also be responsible for the theft of gold nuggets during a museum break-in Nov. 12.

The suspect was caught on video by surveillance cameras during both thefts, entering the museum through a locked door that leads to an outdoor garden at the museum.

Police said the suspect used an "unknown object" to get in.

Museum officials have offered a $12,000 reward for information leading to the return of any of the stolen items.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more news from UPI.com
Related UPI Stories
share with facebook
share with twitter
Trending Stories