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

United States returns ancient dinosaur fossil, ancient cultural artifacts to China

WASHINGTON – On December 10, 2015 a microraptor fossil estimated to be approximately 120 million years old was returned to the government of China Thursday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). ICE Deputy Director Daniel Ragsdale, China’s Deputy Director General of the State Administration of Cultural Heritage Gu Yucai and Department of State Assistant … More United States returns ancient dinosaur fossil, ancient cultural artifacts to China

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

Four arrested in Argentina for stealing 1500 kg of meteorites

CHACO – On 30 May 2015 Argentinian National Police seized a load of 215 pieces of meteorites with a total weight of 1500 kilos in an operation in the province of Chaco, Argentina. Police found the material while stopping a Mercedes Benz truck during a check carried out this morning on National Highway No. 89, … More Four arrested in Argentina for stealing 1500 kg of meteorites

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