It sounds like you are part of the museum, so I would suggest not sitting on this regarding restitution. Copper is very expensive now and this wire probably is not reuseable, especially as the report indicates that it was cut up. Forthwith, get to whoever the assistant district attorney is who is prosecuting the case and let him know that you are not a large business with firm financial backing and that you need restitution. Let these bums work hard for a few years to pay you back by making restitution as part of their probation. If the payments start to slack off, get right into court and violate them (try to get the money removed directly out of their checks - if they have jobs - so that the money goes right to the court and then the museum.) Any extra money can be spent on facial make-overs. Man, your crooks are even uglier than ours !
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