A person has been arrested on suspicion of stealing priceless cultural artifacts from a historic exhibit at Harrah’s Resort Southern California, San Diego County Sheriff’s Division mentioned.
Officers mentioned the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians put in an exhibit within the on line casino in 2019 with artifacts from the Rincon Indian Reservations which can be thought of irreplaceable.
On Might 13, a person entered the on line casino and forcibly opened a locked plexiglass case close to the on line casino’s occasion middle and stole six artifacts, officers mentioned. Deputies from the Valley Sheriff’s Substation have been known as to the on line casino and started their investigation.
Throughout their investigation, proof led officers to 32-year-old Sonny Hunter.
On Might 15, detectives served a search warrant at Hunter’s residence in unincorporated Escondido. All stolen artifacts from the on line casino have been positioned inside the house.
Hunter was arrested for housebreaking, grand theft and possession of stolen property.
“The stolen artifacts are extremely vital to the Rincon Tribe and the Luiseño tradition,” mentioned Chairman Bo Mazzetti of the Rincon Tribe. “These items are thought of priceless and irreplaceable, to us and our historical past. We want to thank the San Diego County Sheriff’s Division and our Harrah’s safety group for maintaining us up to date all through the investigation and dealing tirelessly to get better these stolen objects.”
Whereas serving the search warrant, detectives discovered a felony warrant suspect, unrelated to the case, hiding within the residence with a loaded firearm. Donald Morrow, 37, was arrested for the warrant and charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Each Hunter and Morrow have been booked on the Vista Detention Facility.