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Gold heist arrest here: CHP nab trio in $1M Mariposa museum holdup

By From page A1 | November 16, 2012

Three suspects believed to be responsible for a September robbery of gold and gems from the California State Mining and Mineral Museum in Mariposa were arrested Tuesday by the California Highway Patrol with assistance from Mariposa Sheriff’s Department, Placer County Sheriff’s Department, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation — Division of Adult Parole Operations and Sacramento Police Department.

On Sept. 28, two suspects entered the museum and stole more than $1 million in precious metal — mostly gold — and gems, a press release stated. The robbery occurred during business hours. The suspects were captured on surveillance cameras smashing display cases and grabbing the gold and gems.

The CHP’s Central Division Investigative Unit investigated the matter, following “leads and physical evidence,” the press release stated. With the help of the other law enforcement agencies, the suspects were identified and linked to other crimes in Sacramento and Placer counties.

Tuesday morning, two search warrants in El Dorado County and one each in Sacramento and Sutter counties were served. Edward Rushing III, 40, from El Dorado County, was arrested on multiple felony charges including drug charges and, according to the press release, is believed to be a conspirator in the museum heist.

Matthew Campbell, 43, of Sutter County, was arrested on a charge of conspiracy to commit robbery. Jonathan Matis, 41, of Sutter County, was arrested on charges of conspiracy to commit robbery, armed robbery, vehicle theft and vandalism. All are under investigation. The investigation itself is still ongoing and additional charges and arrests may be forthcoming.

Investigation on crimes concerning state property falls within the CHP’s jurisdiction. The investigation was aided by California State Parks, the California Department of Justice and the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Department.

Cole Mayer

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