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Rare $500,000 Canadian gemstone stolen from downtown Vancouver
Vancouver Police are searching for and asking for helping locating a "rare Canadian gemstone" that was stolen out of Rocks and Gems Canada last Friday morning.
Police say the front window of the building – located on Water Street in downtown Vancouver – was smashed around 4:00 a.m. and the ammolite gem above was stolen.
The piece is valued at $500,000.
The ammolite piece is an 11" opal-like organic gemstone made of the fossilized shells of ammonites, the same mineral that makes up pearls. Ammolite is designated the official gemstone of the Province of Alberta and is considered a Canadian National Treasure. As such, an application to the Canadian Government must be made for it to be removed from the country.
Rocks and Gems Canada employee Zee He told CBC News that the ammolite was the only thing stolen from the store.
"Video camera inside has recorded the whole process," He told the Corporation. "Took them about three minutes for the whole crime to happen... It's definitely been targeted."
Anyone with any information has been asked to call the Vancouver Police Department at 604-717-3321 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477.