The Oakland Museum's Gold Rush exhibit. (Caitlin Esch/KQED)
The Oakland Museum’s Gold Rush exhibit. (Caitlin Esch/KQED)

Police have recovered gold treasures stolen from the Oakland Museum of California and arrested a suspect, the museum announced on Tuesday afternoon.

From the museum’s Facebook page:

We are happy to report the safe recovery of the stolen historic jewelry box and gold nuggets to OMCA’s collection. We’re thrilled and humbled to have these stolen artifacts back in our possession! We plan to return the historic gold jewelry box to display as soon as possible in the coming weeks, following careful conservation examination. Thank you all for your continued outpouring of support during the challenging last few months!

The San Francisco Chronicle identified the suspect as Andre Taray Franklin, 45, and said he was was arrested Sunday on suspicion of burglary and a parole violation.

The Oakland Tribune reports that police recovered the box Monday at a business they would not identify.

From the Tribune:

Police consider Franklin a suspect in both a Jan. 9 burglary, when the quartz and gold box was taken, as well as a Nov. 12 break-in where gold nuggets and Gold Rush-era pistols were taken.

The gold nuggets and the pistols have not been recovered, and authorities believe Franklin may have already sold them.

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