Franklin Institute partygoer stole thumb off Statue

Thanks dude. Thanks for ruining it for everyone.


More than a month after the defacing of an ancient piece of Chinese cultural heritage, federal agents in Philadelphia have finally fingered a suspect – a guy, you might say, they now have firmly under their thumb.

Prosecutors allege that Michael Rohana, 24, of Bear, Del., snuck into the Franklin Institute’s “Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor” special exhibit in December and snapped the thumb off one of the priceless statues inside.

With the filched finger shoved in his pocket, he left an after-hours “Ugly Sweater Party” he was attending at the museum that night and kept the clay digit in a desk drawer in his bedroom for more than three weeks.

Luckily, though – said FBI Art Crime Team investigator Jacob B. Archer in an affidavit filed in federal court – Rohana left his thumbprints all over this crime.

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