• Gold stolen in smash-and-grab at Rice Northwest rock museum in Washingt

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    Police in Washington County say a person broke into the Rice Northwest
    Museum of Rocks and Minerals and stole several gold items from a large
    display case.

    Washington County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded to a break-in
    alarm at the unincorporated Washington County museum around 2:20 a.m.
    Sunday to find one of the museum’s windows broken. Inside, deputies and
    museum staff found the display case shattered and the gold items missing.

    Security camera footage shows a person dressed in all black clothing with
    a black ski mask using a sledgehammer to break a window.

    Sheriff’s deputies tried to surround the area and use dogs to track the burglar, but the person escaped.

    The Washington County Sheriff’s Office did not disclose the value of the
    items stolen.

    The museum was founded in 1952 and operates in the former home of its
    founders, Richard and Helen Rice.

    In 1997, the museum was formally reestablished as a nonprofit. The museum
    has over 20,000 rock and mineral specimens, according to its website, and
    each room has been converted to a gallery for different types of rocks.

    Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to contact Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 503-846-2700.

    —Jayati Ramakrishnan; jramakrishnan@oregonian.com

    https://www.oregonlive.com/washingtoncounty/2023/12/burglar-steals-gold- from-rice-northwest-rock-museum-display-in-washington-county.html

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