Man Gets Jail For Stealing Pottery from OSU

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A man who admitted stealing rare pottery from Ohio State University and selling it to an antiques dealer has been sentenced to eight months in jail.

A judge in Columbus sentenced 56-year-old Christopher Mark Skeen on Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property.

Skeen told the judge he was "strung out on heroin" when he took the pieces from a display case in a university library. A prosecutor said he sold them Oct. 16 to an antiques dealer for $300.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that a large vase Skeen took was valued at $10,000 to $15,000. Two smaller pieces were each valued at $3,000 to $5,000.

The antiques shop resold the pieces, but they were returned to OSU and Skeen was ordered to pay restitution.