7 charged with theft from Midway Museum
Workers suspected of taking scrap metal
Last Updated: 114 days ago
SAN DIEGO - Seven men who worked in the USS Midway Museum's engineering department face felony charges of grand theft.
After an investigation that lasted months, the San Diego County District Attorney's Office charged all seven with one count each of felony grand theft that could subject them to three years in prison if convicted.
The men -- Erskine Arnold, Freddy Gomez, Rolando Jaca, Arturo Perianez, Alexander Magtoto, Edward Ragucos, and Robert Valencia -- reportedly took scrap metal scheduled for recycling and pocketed most of the money for themselves according to the complaint filed by the district attorney's office.
The museum's marketing director Scott McGaugh said in a statement, "We respect the investigation by the D.A.'s office and their decision to file charges."
McGaugh also said that changes have been made in the way recycled material is handled.
The source of the material came from work that was done to open up more exhibit areas on the ship.
The seven will be arraigned later this month.
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