Man who stole mammoth tusk sentenced to federal prison
An Anchorage man is headed to federal prison after he admitted to stealing a large woolly mammoth tusk from the Campbell Creek Science Center in March 2018.
Martin Elze, 52, pleaded guilty to stealing the fossilized tusk along with another man, Gary Boyd. According to a release from the U.S. Attorney's office, the pair visited the science center during the day to inquire about the weight and authenticity of the tusk. The release says the men broke into the building the following evening, stole the tusk, cut it up and sold the pieces for profit.
Elze was sentenced to 33 months in prison. He'll also have to pay the science center more than $8,000 in restitution.
Boyd, who also pleaded guilty, will be sentenced on May 15.
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