Police seek diamond thief

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Police are now looking for a suspect in Wednesday’s theft of a diamond from the New Mexico Natural History Museum.

The raw three carat diamond worth, about $20,000 was lifted from a display case Wednesday morning.

Police say the man in these surveillance pictures is John Murphey of Bernalillo.

They say Murphey went to pawn and mineral shops around the city, claiming he inherited the stone.

Southwestern Minerals bought it for $400, but quickly canceled the check and called police.

There’s now an arrest warrant for Murphey.

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