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PostPosted: Oct 21, 2009 10:23    Post subject: Theft of minerals from a Museum in Iceland  

From: Beda Hofmann
Sent: 20 October 2009 12:57
Subject: Zeolites stolen in Iceland Museum

I just got notice from a Swiss geologist in Iceland (a former student of mine) that the Mineral museum at Teigarhorn in Djupivogur (Berufjord), in the heart of the zeolite find area, has recently been robbed and a significant number of mineral specimens have been stolen.

https://www.mindat.org/mesg-56-156779.html

https://www.mbl.is/mm/frettir/innlent/2009/10/17/um_500_steinum_stolid_a_teigarhorni/
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According to this report 500 pieces valued around 120'000 US$.

Christa Feucht is collecting any information regarding this incident for the museum there.

Christa(at)feucht(dot)ch
phone +354 8659857 (Iceland)
https://geothermal.is/employees/17

It would be great if you could circulate this information.

With my best regards

Beda

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PostPosted: Oct 21, 2009 10:35    Post subject: Re: Theft of minerals from a museum  

Thank you John for posting this!
It is so important to have local colelctions near interesting geological sites and a real disaster when such bad things happen.

I will have a look at the site if there are desciptions and images of specimens.
I would suggest the curator and anyone to send this alert on all possible sites including exhibitors and collectors, Munich shoew organiyers, Tucson show organizers ot increase the chance of recovery of specimens and arresting the people behind this.

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PostPosted: Oct 21, 2009 11:06    Post subject: Re: Theft of minerals from a museum  

Probably too early, but do they have any images of the stolen materials?
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PostPosted: Oct 21, 2009 11:33    Post subject: Re: Theft of minerals from a museum  

Hi John,

Sad news. I just posted a message about the theft to the geoforum, so French collectors will be warned too.

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PostPosted: Oct 21, 2009 11:57    Post subject: Re: Theft of minerals from a museum  

It will be hard to hide the best of this material. Most likely the best ones will show up in Tucson.
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PostPosted: Oct 21, 2009 12:28    Post subject: Re: Theft of minerals from a museum  

Or Munchen next week!
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PostPosted: Oct 28, 2009 11:22    Post subject: Re: Theft of minerals from a museum  

Hi Folks,

Christa sent me some pictures of the stolen specimens. I posted them on Geoforum, the French speaking mineral forum. If you want to have a look at them before Munich, use this link :
https://www.geoforum.fr/index.php?showtopic=14472
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