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Stolen Historic Ima Hogg Brooch Has Been Recovered, 2 Arrested

Authorities say the pair were arrested Saturday trying to sell the piece at a jewelry store

Miss Ima Hogg of Houston, right, as she presented the Hogg Foundation with a book treasured by her late father, former Gov. James S. Hogg, containing marginal notes on mental health in his handwriting on Dec. 14, 1956 in Austin, Texas. At left Dr. Robert L. Sutherland, director of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Hygiene, accepts the book for the foundation. (AP Photo/EFK)

Two people have been arrested for state jail felony theft after authorities say they tried to sell a piece of jewelry stolen from a Southeast Texas state historic site.

West Columbia Police Chief Paul Odin says 24-year-old Tirso Miguel Perez of Highlands and 26-year-old Carla Fuentes of Freeport are charged with taking from the Varner-Hogg Plantation Historic Site a brooch that belonged to philanthropist Ima Hogg.

Hogg’s father, James Hogg, was Texas governor from 1891 to 1895.

The brooch includes pearls and a diamond on black carbon from the 1901 Spindletop oil gusher in Beaumont. It was stolen last week from the former West Columbia sugar plantation.

Authorities say the pair were arrested Saturday trying to sell the piece at a jewelry store. Bond for each was set at $25,000.

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