$1 million worth of crystals stolen from North Idaho family

$1M in crystals stolen from Idaho family

KELLOGG, Idaho -- One million dollars worth of crystals was stolen from the Bunker Hill Mine family in Kellogg Idaho. The crystals were stolen from a house that Bob Hopper, the current owner of Bunker Hill Mine, was preparing to turn into a museum. Not only were 15,000 crystals stolen, but Bunker Hill family antiques were also missing. 

"We are absolutely devastated and my family is heartbroken," said Bob Hopper. The museum was meant to carry on Robert Hopper's legacy. Robert bought the mine back in the early 1990s and was the soul of the Kellogg community.

"My dad's personal legacy was incredible. He was a giant in the mining world and now it's all gone, it's rough," shared Bob Hopper. 

"He was so excited to take you into the crystal room, the secret room where no one gets to see. He was so proud of everything," said Melissa Hopper, Robert's granddaughter. 

Melissa shared that since the reopening of the mine back in 2015, life has been brought back to Kellogg. "This museum was going to be the heart of that," she said. 

The Hopper's collection was the biggest polymorphite crystal collection in the world. The stolen individual pieces range from a couple of dollars to thousands of dollars. Pieces from the collection are displayed in the Smithsonian Museum.   

Bob Hopper still hopes to open the museum with he has left. 

The family received almost half of the crystals back from police, but because of their condition, the crystals have no value. Police have arrested one person in connection with the burglary. They believe the more are involved. The investigation is still active. 

© 2017 KREM-TV


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