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No Clues Found In FBI's Search For Stones

By Bruce L. Paisner

The Federal Buresu of Investigation has not discovered any new clues in the past three months that would lead to the discovery of the $50,000 worth of gems and precious stones stolen from the Mineralogical Museum over the July Fourth holiday.

Clifford Frondel, professor of Mineralogy and curator of the mineralogical exhibition-Hall, reported that the FBI had checked out "all the anonymous leads, but the search was futile."

The Bureau's Washington headquarters narrowed the number of possible finger-prints down to 17,000 soon after the burglary, but although the prints on a smashed safe were reportedly very clear, further investigation has led nowhere.

In addition to a circular which described the stones and was shipped to museums and jewel dealers all over the country, the University museum has issued several other pamphlets to supplement the additional information.

"We have done everything within our power to recover the stones," Frondel declared, "but so far we have no developments either encouraging or discouraging."

To prevent a repetition of the July Fourth break, Frondel and his associates have conducted an intensive check of Museum security precautions, which has been completed. The new measures will be implemented if the plan is approved by the University police.

According to Frondel, "the measures are designed to obviate a recurrence of anything like the $50,000 burglary." He declined to describe specific features of the new security system, but said that "some type of alarm system will be installed, and safe-type cases will be provided for very valuable objects."

Until this time the Museum has not been equipped with burglar alarms because every exhibit is locked at night and movement between rooms is difficult. Also, a watchman is supposed to make a tour of the building every two hours.

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