Gold stolen from Hillsboro museum recovered

Gold stolen from Hillsboro museum recovered
Associated Press – April 22, 2010 10:25 AM ET

HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) – The Washington County sheriff’s office says detectives have recovered nearly all the gold that was stolen from the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals in Hillsboro.

Detectives were led to the gold at an apartment in Tigard by a suspect who was arrested Wednesday in Portland.

He’s identified as 28-year-old Jeff Harvey of Portland, the great-grandson of Richard and Helen Rice who founded the museum in the 1930s and the grandson of Bill and Sharleen Rice who donated most of the gold.

The gold, valued at more than $250,000, was taken from a safe in a Saturday night burglary at the museum west of Portland. Assistant museum director Linda Kepford said one 42-ounce nugget is valued at more than $50,000.

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