Burglars break into American museum, steal diamonds, other jewels

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Burglars broke into a New Jersey museum and stole an estimated $30,000 in gems, precious stones and minerals, police said.

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They climbed a barbed wire fence and forced their way through a second-story window into the Franklin Mineral Museum early Monday morning, investigators said.

They rappelled down to the main floor to steal emeralds, diamonds, opals and other precious stones.

An alarm was triggered, police told the New Jersey Herald, but an officer who went to the museum to investigate found nothing amiss.

The theft was discovered when an employee arrived to open for the day.

Police say the robbers caused substantial damage, ransacking shelves and display cases.

Investigators believe one or more of the suspects was hurt because bloodstains were found in the museum.

The Franklin Mineral Museum tells the story of the Franklin zinc mine in Sussex County.

In 2011, more than $400,000 worth of gold was stolen from the Sterling Hill Mining Museum in Ogdensburg, just a few minutes away from the Franklin museum.

The gold was never recovered.

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