Cal biology student arrested in theft of Nobel Prize

A UC Berkeley biology student was arrested today on suspicion of stealing the first Nobel Prize the university ever received, a medallion that had been in a display case at the Lawrence Hall of Science, campus police said.

Ian Michael Sanchez, 22, a senior who worked at the hands-on science museum, was taken into custody today and booked on suspicion of felony grand theft for allegedly stealing the 23-karat gold medal — worth $4,200 — on Wednesday, UC Berkeley police said.

Sanchez was being held in lieu of $10,000 bail at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin and could be formally charged Thursday.

The prize was returned to its rightful owners at a press conference this afternoon.

via SFGate

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