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$30,000 Stibnite Mineral Goes Missing on UNR Campus

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There's a mystery unfolding at the University of Nevada and police hope you can help. It's a missing mineral. That's right - a large chunk of stibnite from a mine in central Nevada has disappeared. And it's worth an estimated $30,000!

"It's been in that same case in that same spot for decades!" said Interim Curator of the Keck Museum at the Mackay School of Mines, Daphne LaPointe. "No one has ever touched it, and the case had a lock, but the lock didn't work. So I guess they thought they'd take it."

"It's the first crime like this we've ever had here at UNR," said Police Commander Todd Renwick. "It weighed about 30 pounds and was about 15 inches long, about 10 inches across and 8 inches high with the spikes. We think it may have been broken into two pieces to disguise it, but we hope to find it in one piece."

Stibnite is a dark crystal and the crystal columns on that particular piece were perfectly formed and tall.

"No one would want it but a collector," LaPointe said. "It's like collecting art. And it's worth was in its size. It was magnificent. It was found 800 feet down in the mine and there just aren't finds like that anymore."

UNR is working with Secret Witness on finding it. A $1,000 reward is being offered. Just call 322-4900 or text your tip to 847411 if you have information to share with authorities.

Written by Erin Breen

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