Prosecutors: Part of stolen 17th century gold bar recovered

Posted: 7:27 AM, May 04, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-04 11:27:15Z

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say part of a 17th century gold bar stolen from a Florida maritime museum has been recovered.

Prosecutors wrote in a court filing Wednesday they have informed defense attorneys they recovered an unspecified portion of the 4.5-pound (2-kilogram) bar stolen in 2010.

Salvagers found it in 1980 onboard the wreck of a Spanish galleon that sank off the Florida Keys in 1622.

The late salver Mel Fisher displayed the bar in an acrylic case at his Key West museum , where visitors could touch it.

Richard Steven Johnson of Rio Linda, California, pleaded guilty recently to conspiring to steal an object of cultural heritage and stealing a major artwork.

Alleged co-conspirator Jarred Alexander Goldman, of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, is scheduled for trial this month.