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Gazette Premium Content Uncut diamond stolen from NM museum

Associated Press Updated: April 9, 2014 at 7:46 pm

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police are searching for a thief who took a diamond from a secure case inside the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science.

Museum officials say the uncut 3-carat diamond was taken from the museum's volcano exhibit. Custodial staff reported it missing around 9:30 a.m.

Three security guards were on duty Wednesday morning, and officials say the museum is now looking at additional security measures. There was no video surveillance in the exhibit where the diamond had been kept for the past 28 years.

The executive director, Charles Walter, says the museum provides educational experiences based on real specimens and it's a real disappointment that someone would steal from a museum.

The museum is repairing the exhibit case and will re-open the volcano exhibit as soon as possible.

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