Accused Cleveland museum gem thief appears in court

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The man arrested in connection with a gem theft at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History was issued $5,000 bond in court Monday.

Hans Wrage, 36, pleaded not guilty to his charges.

Wrage was arrested after a warrant was issued for his arrest Friday.

Police were called to the museum earlier this month after staff members found a number of gems missing from the gem room. The gems are valued at roughly $81,000.

Wrage works at the physics department at John Carroll University.

The university placed him on administrative leave pending the school's investigation of the allegations.

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