John Carroll University employee arrested in connection with gem theft from museum

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CLEVELAND-- Hans Wrage, 36, was arrested in connection with a gem theft from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.  An arrest warrant was issued on Friday and Wrage was taken into custody.

John Carroll University said Wrage works in the school's physics department. They released the following statement:

"Hans T. Wrage is a John Carroll staff employee. He is not a member of the faculty.  Wrage is being placed on administrative leave pending the University’s investigation of the allegations."

He's listed on the university's website as a Teaching and Research Support Technician.

Police were called to the museum last Thursday after staff members found a number of gems missing from the gem room.  Authorities say the theft happened sometime between Thursday afternoon and closing time.

The gems are valued at roughly $81,000.

The Museum said it has been working closely with Cleveland police and University Circle police. A statement said they were pleased to learn that an arrest was made.

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