The sheriff’s detectives recovered the stolen artifacts in Escondido and arrested two men
Escondido (CNS)-Sheriff’s detectives stole six Native American artifacts from an exhibition in the southern California Harrah’s resort in the heart of the valley on Saturday.
According to the San Diego Sheriff’s Sheriff, the theft occurred on Thursday morning and the Sheriff’s Department immediately began an investigation. John Delocht.
Droghet said that many cultural relics come from the Rincon Indian Reserve and are considered irreplaceable. He said that since 2019, they have been displayed in a locked plexiglass box in the casino.
It is believed that a person forcibly opened the plexiglass box to steal artifacts, including obsidian dots on antlers.
The sheriff’s detectives worked for two days, and evidence led them to 32-year-old Sunny Hunter.
The sheriff said that detectives served a search warrant at Hunter’s home in the 10,000 block of Quail Glen Way, an unregistered Escondido, at 7am on Saturday morning.
“They found all the artifacts stolen from the casino,” Delocht said.
He said Hunter was arrested on suspicion of burglary, grand theft and possession of stolen property.
Detectives also arrested 37-year-old Donald Morrow with a felony warrant and was arrested for possession of a gun. Droght said he was found hiding in a hunter’s house with a gun in his hand.
He said that both of them were booked in the Vista detention facility.
Bo Mazzetti, chairman of the Rincon tribe, said: “The stolen artifacts are very important to the Rincon tribe and Luiseno culture.” “For us and our history, these works are considered invaluable and irreplaceable. We would like to thank San Diego County. The Sheriff’s Department and Harrah’s security team continued to provide us with the latest information throughout the investigation and worked tirelessly to recover these stolen items.”
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