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Nov 13, 2012 9:28 PM by The Associated Press

3 arrested in connection mining museum heist

MARIPOSA, Calif. (AP) - Authorities have arrested three people believed to be responsible for a September heist of at least $1 million in precious gems and gold from a mining museum in the Sierra Nevada foothills.

The California Highway Patrol says on Tuesday state and local law enforcement officials arrested 41-year-old Jonathan Matis, 43-year-old Matthew Campbell and 40-year-old Edward Rushing III in connection with the robbery of the California Mining and Minerals Museum in Mariposa.

A CHP spokesman says Matis and Campbell were arrested on suspicion of robbery, while Rushing was taken into custody on suspicion of multiple felonies, including drug charges.

The arrests come after a brazen Sept. 28 robbery when robbers, armed with pickaxes, robbed the museum while it was opened for business.

Initially officials said the thieves stole about $2 million in gems and gold, but the CHP on Tuesday said the amount was more than $1 million.

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