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A museum partygoer is responsible for stealing a thumb from a $4.5 million terracotta warrior on view in Philadelphia, police say.

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Feb 14, 2018 3:00PM, via the Philadelphia Inquirer

Security footage caught a man in a Philadelphia Phillies cap strolling into an exhibition of terracotta warriors at the Franklin Institute and breaking off a thumb from a statue known as “The Cavalryman.” The theft of the digit, which occurred during an after-hours event at the museum in December, was noticed by an employee on January 8th. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that The Federal Bureau of Investigation quickly identified the suspect as Bear, Delaware, resident Michael Rohana, and agents arrived at his house days later to ask “if he had anything in his possession that he wanted to turn over to the FBI,” according to the criminal complaint. Rohana produced the thumb from a desk drawer, and after a court appearance Friday was released on bail. The thumb was returned to the Franklin Institute and a spokesperson confirmed Wednesday that it will be reattached to “The Cavalryman.”

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