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Update: Purloined Pump Recovered; Suspect ID’d, Still At-Large

Suspect Robert Hagen and recovered antique water pump (photos courtesy MCSO)

COARSEGOLD — An antique water pump stolen a week ago from outside the Coarsegold Historic Museum has been recovered, according to an update issued today by the Madera County Sheriff’s Office.

The suspect in the theft also has been identified as Robert Hagen of Fresno. As of Saturday afternoon, Hagen remained at-large.

Surveillance footage from outside the museum as well as tips from the public reportedly helped investigators recover the pump — and identify the suspect.

“Thanks to help from the members of our community, the antique water pump stolen from the Coarsegold Historic Museum was recovered,” MCSO confirmed while also identifying Hagen as the prime suspect in the theft.

“In addition to our case, Robert Hagen has an outstanding felony no-bail warrant for unrelated charges out of Fresno,” said a statement posted Saturday afternoon by the Sheriff’s Office. “We are asking anyone with information about his whereabouts to please contact our Communications Center at (559) 675-7770, or Detective McEwen at 559-479-3093.”

Tips can be emailed to mcsotip@maderacounty.com.

Anonymous tips also may be submitted through Valley Crime Stoppers at (559) 498- STOP (7867), or by texting “Tip MaderaSO” followed by your message to 888777.

The antique pump, valued at $250 and believed to be more than a century old, was stolen from the museum grounds some time Sunday (Jan. 26). Authorities did not provide any additional details about where or how the pump was recovered.

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