Key West (US), Jan 30 (AP) Authorities say two men have been arrested in the 2010 theft of a museum’s 17th-century gold bar, valued at USD 550,000. Also Read - 'Another Phase of Greatest Witch Hunt', Says Donald Trump After US Senate Acquits Him in Historic Impeachment Trial

A US Department of Justice statement says 41-year-old Richard Steven Johnson, of Rio Linda, California, and 32- year-old Jarred Alexander Goldman, of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, were arrested today and charged with conspiring to steal and stealing the gold bar from the Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum in Key West. Also Read - Removing a Condom Without Consent Soon to Become Illegal in California, Will Others Follow Suit?

Both await arraignment. It wasn’t known if they have lawyers. Also Read - US Court Seeks Status Report On Visas To Family Members Of H1-B Holders

The 74.8-ounce (2.1-kilogram) bar was found in 1980 on a 1622 Spanish galleon wreck off the Florida Keys by the late shipwreck salvor Mel Fisher. Authorities say it hasn’t been recovered.

The artifact was long displayed in an acrylic museum case, allowing visitors to touch and lift it. (AP) CK

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