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Asheville police investigating after emerald reported stolen from museum

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Emerald reported stolen from Asheville Museum of Science (Source: AMOS) Emerald reported stolen from Asheville Museum of Science (Source: AMOS)
ASHEVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) -

Asheville police said officers are investigating after a valuable emerald was reported stolen from the Asheville Museum of Science.

Police said the museum reported the missing gemstone on January 24. Officials said the emerald had been last seen on January 1.

The case is being investigated as a possible larceny, according to an Asheville Police Department incident report.

The emerald is valued at $10,000.

The museum released this statement via e-mail:

"Recently an emerald specimen from the AMOS collection was stolen and a police report was subsequently filed with the Asheville Police Department. There was no break-in, and to the best of our knowledge, nothing else was taken.  The AMOS gem and mineral collection has immeasurable historical significance and the theft of the emerald is a sad loss. One of the challenges for any museum is the tension between securing  works of value while also making sure they’re available for the public to enjoy. This incident underscores that, and we are working on further measures to increase security in order to ensure our collection remains intact for the benefit of visitors and preservation of the collection for years to come."

The Asheville Museum of Science is located on Patton Avenue.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Asheville Police Department at (828) 252-1110

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