Arrests made in museum gold robbery More than $1 million stolen in Mariposa

-- CHPNovember 16, 2012 

California Highway Patrol, with the assistance of the Mariposa Sheriffs Department, Placer County Sheriff's Department, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Division of Adult Parole Operations, and Sacramento Police Department, arrested three suspects believed responsible for the September robbery of gold from the California State Mining and Mineral Museum in Mariposa.

On Sept. 28, two suspects entered the museum and stole more than $1 million in precious metals, mostly gold. The robbery occurred while the museum was open for business. The suspects smashed display cases to access the gold and gems. The heist was captured on surveillance cameras within the museum.

The crime was aggressively investigated by the CHP's Central Division Investigative Services Unit, along with previously mentioned law enforcement agencies, and identified those suspected of the robbery and linked them to other crimes in Sacramento and Placer counties.

This morning two search warrants were served in El Dorado County, and one each in Sacramento and Sutler counties.

Arrested and under investigation are: Edward Rushing in, 40, from El Dorado County who was arrested for multiple felonies including drug charges and is believed to be a conspirator in the Mariposa heist. The second suspect, Matthew Campbell, 43, from Sutter County was arrested for conspiracy to commit robbery. A third suspect, Jonathan Matis, 41, also from Sutter County was arrested for conspiracy to commit robbery, armed robbery, vehicle theft and vandalism. The investigation is ongoing and additional arrests and charges may be forthcoming.

The CHP has jurisdiction for investigating crimes on state property. CHP's Central Division Investigative Services Unit continues to handle the investigation with the assistance of California State Parks, the California Department of Justice, and the Mariposa County Sheriff's Department.

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