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.