TWIN FALLS — A man stole five replicas of Clovis Point artifacts from the Herrett Center museum, police say.
Between 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on April 6, the man went into the museum and broke into a display case, removing the replicas, worth a total of $15,000.
Police say a “person of interest” is shown in surveillance footage.
The stolen items are replicas of pre-historic artifacts found at a site near Fairfield, said Joey Heck, exhibits/collections manager for the CSI Herrett Center for Arts & Science. Replicas were made at a casting lab and each one cost about $2,000.
The real artifacts, which were acquired by CSI in the mid-1990s, are priceless, Heck said. They’re not on display and are kept in a secure vault.
Heck said he thinks the person of interest was under the impression the real artifacts were on display. “It appears he targeted that particular set of artifacts.”
The artifacts are world famous, he said, and online searches reveal they’re housed at the Herrett Center.
The man came into the Herrett Center earlier in the day April 6 and wasn’t able to open the display case, Heck said.
The man returned just before the museum closed with a tool he had either acquired or made in order to remove security screws in the display case, he said. After removing a couple of screws, the man pried the case open.
“We’re just hoping someone recognizes his face and identifies him,” Heck said. “We would love to recover the replicas.”
Police ask anyone with information on the man or the whereabouts of the artifacts to call TFPD at 208-735-4357 or Crime Stoppers at 208-732-5387.
Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward with information leading to an arrest.
“Any information you have in regards to this case can help solve this crime and return the artifacts back to the museum,” a police statement said.