I agree, what is interesting, the thief got a slap on the wrist. This is a case where it could be argued both parties are to blame. The thief for being corrupt and the museum for not protecting their priceless resources better. From the sound of it, the museum may have had what I would consider a substandard home alarm system. The alarm must have been a visual only and not tied into any local law enforcement.
Here is the written version of the podcast. I wonder if it is helpful to you.
the Podcast interviews Kirk Wallace Johnson the writer of the “Feather Thief” which is based on the heist.
It covers all his research and interviews with all involved. Very interesting. A window to the why and shares a lot of parallels to some of the passion driving some in our tenkara world. Not saying its apples to apples but it is interesting how there are nuances that are strikingly similar.