OAKLAND (CBS13) – A parolee with ten prior felony convictions has been arrested and charged in connection with the theft of a Gold Rush-era jewelry box that was taken from the Oakland Museum of California in January.
Oakland police say Andre Taray Franklin, 45, of Hayward, is charged in connection with the January 9 theft of the $800,000 jewelry box. But, they say he’s also a suspect in a Nov. 9 break-in when gold nuggets and Gold Rush-era pistols were taken.
The jewelry box, which was created between 1869 and 1878 by San Francisco goldsmith A. Andrews, has been recovered and was displayed at the museum on Tuesday.
The gold nuggets and the pistols haven’t been recovered at this time.