Accused Cleveland museum gem thief appears in court

CLEVELAND, Ohio —  December 14, 2015. The man arrested in connection with a gem theft at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History was issued $5,000 bond in court. Hans Wrage, 36, pleaded not guilty to his charges, despite the fact that he was caught on security camera at the time of the event. Wrage was arrested … More Accused Cleveland museum gem thief appears in court

Model dinosaur stolen from Australian cinema

People’s fascination with dinosaurs, coupled with insufficient security can sometimes lead to a temptation too great to pass up.   Reprinted from Canberra Times, A Protoceratops could be roaming the streets of Canberra. Don’t panic – Jurrasic World hasn’t sprung to life in the capital. But a model dinosaur display promoting the blockbuster film has been stolen from Hoyts Belconnen. The creature, … More Model dinosaur stolen from Australian cinema

Hundreds arrested in global crackdown on wildlife contraband

Museum professionals trying to come to grips with the scale of risk of their collections might well pay attention to the scale of the problem of wildlife trafficking itself. Earlier this month, an enormous crackdown on illegal wildlife and wildlife products shines a light on the scale of the issue. From Yahoo! UK A global … More Hundreds arrested in global crackdown on wildlife contraband

Expensive bonsai stolen from Pacific Bonsai Museum recovered – The Seattle Times‏

SEATTLE – A 60-year old bonsai worth several thousand dollars that was stolen from the Pacific Bonsai Museum has been recovered. The “work of living art,” which was found Wednesday morning a few miles from the museum, had been severely pruned but will likely live, according to museum curator Aarin Packard.The tree, stolen Monday, was … More Expensive bonsai stolen from Pacific Bonsai Museum recovered – The Seattle Times‏

Canadian Antiques Dealer Sentenced In Manhattan Federal Court To 30 Months In Prison For Smuggling Rhinoceros Horns, Elephant Ivory, And Coral

UNITED STATES – Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, John C. Cruden, the Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Department of Justice, and Dan Ashe, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Director, announced that XIAO JU GUAN, a/k/a “Tony Guan,” 39, of Richmond, … More Canadian Antiques Dealer Sentenced In Manhattan Federal Court To 30 Months In Prison For Smuggling Rhinoceros Horns, Elephant Ivory, And Coral

Illegal trade : Rhino theft in Offenburg: gang boss behind bars

GERMANY 31 March 2015 – Three years ago in Offenburg (Detmold) valuable rhinoceros horns were stolen from the Ritterhaus Museum http://www.museum-offenburg.de/. Now the police have arrested the alleged mastermind of the internationally active gang. The Criminal Investigation Unit of Offenburg and the State Prosecutor in Karlsruhe in cooperation with the District Police Lippe/North Rhine-Westphalia has … More Illegal trade : Rhino theft in Offenburg: gang boss behind bars