Valuable mineral stolen from Nev. mining museum

Stibnite specimen at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Stibnite specimen at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

RENO, Nev. (AP) – A mineral with metallic crystals worth an estimated $30,000 has been stolen from a mining museum display at the University of Nevada, Reno.

UNR campus police are investigating and Secret Witness is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of whoever took the mineral called “stibnite.”

The mineral is found primarily in hot springs deposits. It is prized by collectors for the long slender bladed crystals with a brilliant gray and black metallic luster.

Police said in a statement late Wednesday the one stolen from the Mackay Mines Keck Museum weighed 25 to 30 pounds and was 15 inches long by 10 inches and 8 inches.

Investigators believe it make have been taken on April 8 and could now be in two pieces.

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Stibnite specimen at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Stibnite specimen at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.