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Gem show vendor says a thief stole thousands in merchandise

Posted at 6:09 PM, Feb 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-05 18:05:10-05

A representative with Madagascar Minerals says a thief took thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from the businesses main Gem Show location early Saturday morning.

"He didn't really seem like he was in any hurry - he was just like 'it's the middle of the night and no one knows I'm here.' He was calm and collective for someone robbing us," says Carolyn Cary, operations manager for Madagascar Minerals.


The man - cut the locks off of the gate to get into the tent area of Madagascar Minerals

Cary says, in the video the man is seen, "coming into the storage area with a flashlight and was just checking things out and targeted some items. He rolled out three petrified wood slices - which aren't light weight" 

The three slices of petrified wood slices stolen were worth $2,500 but can go for more depending on the quality. 

The robbery happened between 1:30 a.m. and 5 a.m. at Norcross Madagascar's location at 201 W. Lester near Oracle and Speedway. 

Cary says, the thief came back a second time about two hours later to steal gems. 

In all, the thief took large petrified wood slices, rough gemstones, tools and other miscellaneous smaller items worth about $10,000.

The theft has been reported to Tucson Police but the suspect is unknown.



Madagascar Minerals says they are offering $1,000 as a reward for information that leads to the suspect being caught.

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