FBI: Partygoer stole statue's left thumb after selfie at Franklin Institute

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FBI: Partygoer stole statue's thumb: Vernon Odom reports on Action News at 6 p.m., February 15, 2018 (WPVI)

Federal authorities say a Delaware man snapped a selfie before stealing part of a $4.5 million statue at a Philadelphia museum.

According to an arrest affidavit filed Friday, 24-year-old Michael Rohana was attending an Ugly Sweater Party at the Franklin Institute Dec. 21 when he entered the "Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor" exhibit.

Image of the "Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor" exhibit at the Franklin Institute.



Authorities say Rohana took photos while posing next to a statue known as "The Cavalryman," and then snapped off the statue's left thumb.

Museum staff noticed the missing thumb Jan. 8, and the FBI traced it to Rohana five days later. It is unclear if he has legal representation.

A museum spokeswoman says the statue will be repaired. She says a security contractor did not follow standard procedures the night of the alleged theft.

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Partygoer stole statue's left thumb: Sarah Bloomquist reports during Action News at Noon on February 15, 2018.


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