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Stolen $30,000 Mineral Returned to University of Nevada

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University of Nevada representatives say an expensive mineral stolen from a Mackay School of Mines museum - has been returned anonymously.

The stibnite mineral was reported stolen from the W.M. Keck Earth Science and Mineral Engineering Museum earlier this month.

Stibnite is a dark crystal - and this particular large specimen was valued at $30,000. It came from a mine in central Nevada.

"It's been in that same case in that same spot for decades!" Interim Museum Director Daphne LaPointe told Channel 2 last week. "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."

The 30-pound piece measures about 15 inches long, is about 10 inches across and is 8 inches high with the spikes.

Museum representatives say they're looking forward to having the specimen back in the museum once the investigation is completed, and it can be returned to public viewing.


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