Charge stands against past museum boss

By: AP
By: AP

Riverton, WY (AP) A judge dropped the case against a former Pioneer Museum employee who had been charged with helping his boss steal $29,000 of material from the Lander institution. The case against his former boss has been sent on to District Court.

Authorities say surveillance video from cameras showed Joseph Spriggs and then-museum director Carol Thiesse removing interpretative signs and pictures from walls and pedestals in the museum.

Authorities say Thiesse moved the material into her personal vehicle and now faces charges of larceny and destruction of intellectual property.

According to the Riverton Ranger (http://tinyurl.com/nvapwav ), Spriggs's lawyer Bill Miller says there was no proof his client took the property.

Thiesse's lawyer, Tim Kingston, argued the property had no value and that Thiesse did not convert it to her own use.

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