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Cleveland Man Arrested, Accused Of Stealing Museum Sapphires

Police allege that a part-time employee at a local university stole $81,000 in sapphires from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

By Melissa Prax | December 13, 2015

A Cleveland man was taken into custody after he was accused of stealing sapphires worth $81,000 from the local natural history museum.

Thirty-six-year-old Hans Wrage was charged with vandalism and grand theft a little over a week after police allege he smashed through a glass case and stole seven sapphires.

Wrage was a part-time employee of John Carroll University's physics department. He's been placed on administrative leave, according to a statement from the university.

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The museum said on Friday, "We were pleased to learn earlier today that an arrest has been made." 

Authorities haven't said if the sapphires have been found. (Video via WJW-TV)

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History is still open, but the gem display is closed. (Video via Cleveland Museum of Natural History)

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