California Mining and Minerals Museum in Mariposa, California.
MARIPOSA, Calif. (AP) - The fourth man charged in connection with a brazen heist of gold and gems from a state museum in the Sierra foothills has pleaded not guilty.
The Merced Sun Star reports that 42-year-old Christopher Scott Sheffield entered the plea during an arraignment on Tuesday afternoon.
The three other defendants - 43-year-old Matthew Campbell, 41-year-old Jonathan Matis and 40-year-old Edward Rushing III - pleaded not guilty a day earlier.
Prosecutors say the four men made off with $1.3 million worth of gold, gems and artifacts during the Sept. 28 robbery at the California State Mining and Mineral Museum.
Investigators have said some of the loot has been recovered although they have not said how much.
All four defendants are being held on $1 million bail.
The Associated Press