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museum theft – Precious stones stolen in Iceland

Precious stones stolen in Iceland

By Alex on Oct 18, 2009 in Finance and Business, General, Iceland, MBL

Around 500 crystals, which were on display in Berufjordur, Iceland, were stolen some time this week. The thieves concentrated solely on the gem exhibition and left everything else alone.

The museum, Teigarhornid is considered one of the finest stone collections in Iceland. The museum owner lives in Reykjavik but makes the trip to Berufjordur regularly, most recently on Friday night when she noticed that the theft had taken place.

Jonina Ingvarsdottir, one of the museum owners says that pretty much the entire stone collection has been taken.

The police were called to the scene of Friday night and are now investifgating the burglary of the 500 stones – some of which were for sale. Ingvarsdottir believes the collection is worth around ISK 16 million (USD 130,000) – but the collection was not insured.

A lot of work has reportedly gone into building the collection up and thousands of tourists visit the exhibition every year.

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