April 1 2020
8:55 PM
Rare Gold nuggets stolen from Hillsboro museum
by Larry Fitzpatrick - The Oregon Herald
  Wednesday April 21, 2010 - 1:56 AM
HILLSBORO, Oregon - Valuable pieces of gold, including a 42-ounce nugget valued at $50,000, was stolen last week from a Hillsboro museum, police from the Washington County Sheriff's Office said.At 10:50 p.m.AllApril 17, police responded to a burglary call at the Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals in Hillsboro. The Assistant Director of the museum, Linda Kepford, told deputies the museum had been broken into and a significant number of gold nuggets were stolen. One of the gold pieces stolen weighs 42 ounces and is worth more than $50,000.

Gold was the only item taken during the burglary. The collection has been conservatively appraised at more than $250,000. 

At this time, detectives are actively investigating this case and are not releasing any details of the burglary.  If you have any information regarding this case, call Detective Jim George at 503-846-6093.

The Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals, known as the Rice Museum, is a popular destination for many school field trips and for those interested in geology.  It boasts a large collection of rocks and minerals that may be the largest in the Pacific Northwest.


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