Uncut diamond stolen from New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science

Updated: 04/09/2014 10:29 PM | Created: 04/09/2014 4:44 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science says someone stole a rough diamond from a secure case in their Volcano exhibit Wednesday. The museum says custodial staff reported the missing piece to security at approximately 9:30 a.m. And the Albuquerque Police Department collected forensic evidence.

"The museum works hard to present quality educational experiences based on real specimens to the community and it is a great disappointment that someone would take something like this from a museum," said Charles Walter, the museum's executive director.

The diamond is estimate to be three carats and has been located in the secure case for the past twenty eight years. The Museum is repairing the exhibit case and will re-open the Volcano exhibit as soon as possible.

The museum says they don't know who stole it, why they stole it or how it happened without anyone seeing, but if it was a thief with plans to sell it for big bucks, they took the wrong diamond. It's not the kind you'd find in a jewelry store.

"These are geologic specimens. They're gorgeous and there's a lot of scientific value. Monetary value - not so much,' Walter said.

The museum is still hopeful someone will bring it back.

"I can tell you this exhibit has been here for 28 years and we've never had a problem," Walter said.

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