$30K in gems, precious stones stolen from New Jersey museum

Bruno Cirelli
Giugno 21, 2017

FRANKLIN, N.J. (AP) — Burglars broke into a New Jersey museum and stole an estimated $30,000 in gems, precious stones and minerals, police said.

It happened some time after 4:40 a.m. Monday at the Franklin Mineral Museum. They rappelled down to the main floor to steal emeralds, diamonds, opals and other precious stones. The theft was discovered when an employee arrived to open for the day. Police said the museum's display cabinets were shattered causing substantial damage.

Police said one or more of the alleged burglars appeared to have sustained significant injury during the break-in, leaving blood stains throughout the museum.

In addition to the monetary loss, the merchandise is a unique part of the mineral history within Sussex County, police noted.

Borough of Franklin Police department is asking for help from anyone who may have information about this incident or know of anyone with an unusual laceration.

In 2011, more than $400,000 worth of gold was stolen from the Sterling Hill Mining Museum in Ogdensburg, just a few minutes away from the Franklin museum.

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