Federal authorities say a DE man snapped a selfie before stealing part of a $4.5 (NZ $6.1) million statue at a Philadelphia museum.
CHINA has demanded an American man be "severely punished" after he was alleged to have stolen a thumb from a terracotta warrior while it was on display at a museum in the U.S.
He then allegedly used his phone to inspect the 2,000-year-old statues, taking a selfie with one before going in for a more permanent memento, snapping its thumb off and putting it in his pocket, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
"We ask that the USA severely punish the perpetrator", Wu said Monday, according to BBC News, which cited CCTV.
A USA attorney has made a decision to charge him with theft of a major artwork from a museum, concealment of major artwork stolen from a museum, and interstate transportation of stolen property.
The 10 statues on loan are part of 8,000 built to protect Emperor Qin Shi Huang when he died in 210 B.C. It carries an estimated value of $4.5m.
Rohana was a guest at a party at the museum in December when he went into a closed exhibit of terracotta statues, according to law enforcement authorities.
Two experts would be sent to the U.S. to help with repairs, the director said, adding that they had begun the process of claiming compensation for damages.
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He broke the thumb off the $4.5 million statue during the party after taking a selfie with the artifact, court documents allege.
Returning, Rohana used his cellphone as a flashlight as he stepped up onto a platform where a calvaryman stood, put his arm around the statue, then took a selfie with it. The FBI traced it to Rohana five days later.
The Terracotta Army is one of China's most important archaeological finds.
When agents showed up at Rohana's home where he lives with his parents in Bear, Del. on January 13, he quickly showed them to the thumb's hiding place: his drawer.
"The terracotta warriors are national treasures of our country", an unnamed official told the paper.
Wu also "strongly condemned" Franklin and said it was "careless" to let the theft happen.
The statue of a cavalryman was one of 10 on display from September 30 to March 4 at the Franklin Institute, along with other ancient artifacts including coins, gold pieces, jade and weapons. She added that security contractor did not follow standard procedures the night of the incident.
The statues are among 8,000 soldiers, chariots and horses which were first unearthed in 1974 in Xian, China's northwestern Shaanxi province.