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California Star Wars memorabilia stolen, collector charged

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    A Georgia man is facing felony grand theft charges for stealing more than $200,000 worth of prized Star Wars vintage action figures from the California nonprofit museum Rancho Obi-Wan, where roughly 400,000 pieces of memorabilia are stored and shown to visitors.

SAN FRANCISCO >> A Georgia man is facing felony grand theft charges for stealing more than $200,000 worth of prized Star Wars vintage action figures from a California nonprofit museum.

Steve Sansweet is the founder of Rancho Obi-Wan in Petaluma, California, where roughly 400,000 pieces of memorabilia are stored and shown to visitors.

Sansweet says that more than 100 pieces were stolen starting from 2015 to 2016 by a friend who stayed at the compound four times during that period.

Police later arrested 45-year-old Carl Edward Cunningham. In March, the Sonoma County District Attorney’s office charged him with felony grand theft. He is free on $25,000 bail.

Neither Cunningham, nor his lawyer, Amy Chapman, returned calls for comment Monday. Cunningham was slated to be in court Monday for a preliminary hearing.

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