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UPDATE: Suspect Arrested after Stolen Museum Artifacts Turned up in Twin Falls

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BOISE | Police have made an arrest after stolen items from a Boise Museum were given to Twin Falls Police.

Moises Carranza, 25, of Boynton Beach, Fla., was arrested Wednesday night after turning himself in and was charged with felony burglary, Boise Police said. Carranza will be arraigned in Ada County Magistrate Court on Thursday afternoon.

Officers were able to contact Carranza after a citizen saw a news report and tipped the Twin Falls Police Department off, police said. Carranza turned himself in Wednesday.

The artifacts were recovered by the Twin Falls Police Department. City officials said two men walked into the department lobby, dropped off the items and walked out without saying a word. 

The two items were stolen July 29 from the Idaho Museum of Mining and Technology: an 1860s Dillinger pistol found in Idaho City during a dig and a handmade tomahawk replica made from wood and a Rhyolite blade.

They are estimated to be worth about $700.

Police in Boise distributed photos of a suspect Tuesday. It is not clear if the Carranza is the same man who dropped off the stolen goods at the Twin Falls Police Station.

Carranza was caught on surveillance video taking the items, Boise police said. He raised a middle finger to a security camera, walked into a storeroom and took the gun and tomahawk from a bag on a table. He was with another man and a woman who were browsing at the time of the theft. The trio left the museum at 4:22 p.m.


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