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Case against partygoer who snapped terracotta warrior’s thumb off at museum ends in mistrial

The case against a Delaware man who admitted to snapping the thumb off a $4.5 million terracotta warrior statue at a Philadelphia museum ended in a mistrial on Tuesday after jurors couldn’t reach a verdict.

The jury deliberated for 11 hours about whether Michael Rohana, 25, should be found guilty on counts including theft and concealment of an object of cultural heritage.

“These charges were made for art thieves — think like ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ or ‘Mission: Impossible,'” federal public defender Catherine C. Henry said in closing arguments. Rohana “wasn’t in ninja clothing sneaking around the museum. He was a drunk kid in a bright green ugly Christmas sweater.”

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Michael Rohana leaves the James A. Byrne U.S. Federal Courthouse in Center City Philadelphia. (AP)

Rohana was attending an Ugly Sweater Party at the Franklin Institute on Dec. 21, 2017 when he entered the “Terra-cotta Warriors of the First Emperor” exhibit, according to an arrest affidavit. Rohana proceeded to take selfies with the 2,000-year-old statue, known as “The Cavalryman,” then snapped off the left thumb and walked away, authorities said.

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The museum noticed the missing thumb on Jan. 8 — more than two weeks after the alleged incident — and reported it to police.

Rohana was also caught on surveillance video vandalizing the life-sized statue that’s considered one of China’s most prized archaeological discoveries.

“I don’t know why I broke it. It didn’t just happen, but there was never a thought of, ‘I should break this,'” Rohana testified in his case. “Every time I see this video now, I’m trying to figure out, ‘What was going through your mind? What were you thinking?’ I don’t know how I could have been so stupid.”

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Although Rohana admitted to the crime, his lawyers argued their client was charged under the right law. Federal prosecutors said they’ll decide by May whether to retry the case.

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Terracotta Army was built in China’s Qin Dynasty. (Reuters)

The incident angered Chinese officials, who demanded Rohana to face “severe punishment” for snapping off the sacred statue’s thumb.

The thumb was eventually returned to China, but has not been reattached to the terracotta warrior, museum officials said.

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The museum currently holds 10 of the statues that are part of a collection of 8,000, according to the BBC. The Terracotta Army, made of clay and built by Qin Shi Huang in the Qin Dynasty before he died in 210 B.C., were discovered in 1974.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Suspected burglar in handcuffs tells news reporter: ‘Go Eagles’

An alleged Pennsylvania music store burglar had only two words to say in his defense when a local television station caught up with him: “Go Eagles.”

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New Jersey teen dies after falling from ski lift at Blue Mountain resort

A 17-year-old New Jersey boy died on New Year’s Day after he plunged at least 20 feet from a ski chairlift at Blue Mountain Resort in Pennsylvania, the coroner’s office said.

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Philadelphia police officer rescued from wrecked cruiser before it bursts into flames

A police officer in Philadelphia had to be pulled from his vehicle before it erupted in flames after crashing while investigating a possible shooting on Thursday.

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New York resident develops bacterial infection after drinking raw milk from Pennsylvania farm: officials

A New York resident has developed a bacterial infection after drinking raw milk that likely came from a farm in Pennsylvania, the New York Department of Health announced this week.

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Shooting suspect surrenders after SWAT negotiator sings ‘White Christmas,’ authorities say

A Pennsylvania man who allegedly fired shots at 11 officers during a 10-hour standoff on Wednesday finally surrendered after a SWAT officer sang him the holiday carol “White Christmas,” authorities said. 

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Navy SEAL’s ashes returned after found in dumpster; family calls it ‘Christmas miracle’: report

An urn containing a Navy SEAL’s ashes was returned to Delaware this month — after being found in a dumpster — in what the family is calling a “Christmas miracle,” a report said Wednesday. 

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Pennsylvania authorities can break into cars to rescue cats, dogs

Thanks to a new law, authorities in Pennsylvania can break into cars to rescue animals, such as dogs and cats.

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Mother of alleged sex trafficking victim hopeful daughter is still alive

The mother of a missing Pennsylvania college student who is an alleged victim of sex trafficking said she’s holding out hope her daughter is still alive and being held against her will, adding that the 20-year-old “doesn’t have the street knowledge to survive out there.”

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GoFundMe refunds donors in alleged scam involving homeless vet, NJ couple

GoFundMe refunded more than $400,000 to 14,000 donors who believed they were helping a homeless veteran from Philadelphia — but later discovered it was an alleged scam concocted by a New Jersey couple.

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