FOREST FENN TREASURE: Seeking an author’s legendary treasure, thief steals a chest of linens, N.M. police say

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Following clues in a poem in Forrest Fenn’s 2010 memoir “The Thrill of the Chase,” a treasure hunter thought he’d uncovered Fenn’s hidden riches — inside the author’s New Mexico home, reported The Albuquerque Journal.

But the 41-year-old intruder had actually tried to make off with a fancy “Spanish-style chest” holding linens and towels when the author’s daughter held him at gunpoint for Santa Fe police Friday night, reported The Santa Fe New Mexican.

Robert Miller told police he’d flown to Santa Fe from Pennsylvania in search of Fenn’s hidden treasure because “he only had $130 in his bank account,” reported KRQE.

In his 2010 memoir, Fenn wrote about hiding ”about $2 million” in gold and jewels in the Rocky Mountains, sparking an 8-year treasure hunt that has resulted in at least three deaths, reported Business Insider.

Fenn, an art and antiquities collector, wrote that he’d buried the chest somewhere in the “1,000 miles between Santa Fe, New Mexico and the Canadian border,” and included clues to its location in a “cryptic” poem, reported CNBC.
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