Chinese officials condemn Franklin Institute after terracotta warrior thumb theft

The Terracotta Army were discovered in China in 1974 More

The 10 statues now on display in the United States are just part of an army of 8,000 life-sized clay warriors, that date back to 210 BCE.

"We ask that the USA severely punish the perpetrator", the organization's Wu Haiyun said, according to the BBC. The special exhibit will run through March 4th. "We ask that the USA severely punish the perpetrator", Haiyun said.

On Dec. 22 Rohana allegedly sent a Snapchat showing the "finger" he took from "a clay warrior".

Rohana has now been charged with theft and concealment of a major artwork and Chinese authorities are demanding the book be thrown at him.

The young man in a long-sleeved green sweater and a Philadelphia Phillies cap walked into the darkened exhibit during a December 21 "Science After Hours" party, according to an affidavit by FBI Special Agent Jacob Archer.

He then put his hand on the left hand of the statue and appeared to break something off from it.

The Philadelphia museum noticed the thumb missing on 8 January and got the Federal Bureau of Investigation involved, who arrested Rohana on 13 January in his home in DE, where the thumb was being kept in a desk drawer. He was arrested on art theft charges and later released on bail.

Federal authorities said Michael Rohana, 24, from DE, stole the thumb.

The museum now holds 10 of the statues that's part of a collection of 8,000, according to the BBC.

Rohana allegedly attended the party with five friends, one of whom told investigators she heard the suspect mention the thumb on the ride home, according to USA Today.

When FBI agent Jacob Archer went to interview Rohana and asked if he had anything "that he wanted to turn over to the FBI", Rohana handed over the thumb, which was in the desk in his bedroom.

Wu added to China's CCTV that a pair of experts were headed to the City of Brotherly Love to examine the statue - and hopefully restore the thumb.

In a statement late Monday afternoon, The Franklin Institute expressed utmost respect for the Terracotta Warriors and deflected blame for the security lapse.

"As a result of this incident, we have thoroughly reviewed our security protocol and procedures and have taken appropriate action where needed", the institution said.

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