Franklin Mineral Museum Heist

Franklin Mineral Museum Heist

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HEIST INSIDE A MUSEUM. AS CBS’ ALI BAUMAN REPORTS, THE SUSPECTS LEFT BEHIND A MAJOR CLUE. REPORTER: BLOOD STAINS ON BROKEN GLASS, A CRIME SCENE THAT COULD BE OUT OF A HEIST FILM, BUT IT’S THE MINERAL MUSEUM IN FRANKLIN AFTER THIEVES BROKE IN THROUGH A BACK WINDOW MONDAY MORNING. EARL VERBEAK DISCOVERED THE SCENE WHEN HE CAME TO WORK AT 9:00. THEY PUT UP A LADDER AGAINST A PITCHED ROOF, CLIMBED ON THE PITCHED ROOF TO THE WINDOWS, SMASHED TWO OF THE WINDOWS, TIED A ROPE AROUND THE SUPPORT POST BETWEEN THE TWO WINDOWS AND THEN CLIMBED DOWN THE ROPE. REPORTER: THEY POCKETED MORE THAN $30,000 IN GEMS, MINERALS AND PRECIOUS STONES. VERBEAK SAYS THEY STOLE WHAT LOOKS THE MOST VALUABLE TO AN UNTRAINED EYE THEY WENT AFTER FACETTED GEM STONES AND ONE GOLD SPECIMEN, SO IT DOESN’T LOOK LIKE THEY’RE MINERAL COLLECTORS. REPORTER: DETECTIVES SAY THE SILENT ALARM FIRST WENT OFF AT 4:40 A.M., BUT WHEN POLICE RESPONDED, THEY DIDN’T SEE ANYTHING, SO THEY LEFT. BY THE TIME POLICE CAME BACK, FIVE HOURS HAD GONE BY. THERE’S NO WAY FOR THE OFFICER TO HAVE SEEN ANY DAMAGE TO THE FACILITY OR TO HAVE KNOWN THAT ANYBODY HAD ENTERED THE FACILITY BASED ON THE ENTRY OF HOW THEY MADE IT THROUGH THE REAR OF THE BUILDING IN THAT SECOND STORE. REPORTER: THE MUSEUM DOES NOT HAVE SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS, BUT THE GLASS DISPLAY CASES SEEMED TO CUT ONE OF THE CULPRIT, LEAVING A TRAIL OF DNA EVIDENCE THAT DETECTIVES HOPE WILL LEAD TO THE CULPRITS. IN FRANKLIN, NEW JERSEY, ALI

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  1. It would indeed seem that the robber(s?) weren’t interested in the minerals per se, only for what they thought they could easily liquidate. Back in the 60s, my father & I crawled through and upon the rockpile as we looked for interesting colors and shapes. In the hut nearby, he’d plug in his ultraviolet light and the show would really start — salmon-pink calcite, brilliant green willemite, and many others. Good times!

  2. Lazy shitbag cops never got out of their cars and walked around the building, looking in the windows (a.k.a. DOING THEIR JOB).

  3. How could anybody steal from this place it’s the nicest place to visit. God protect us from the evil people

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