Forrest Fenn’s infamous treasure hunt has now landed a man behind bars. That man told police the clues pointed him to Fenn’s house in Santa Fe.
“There’s been a couple previous break-ins, but it’s not very frequent,” said Captain Anthony Tapia of the Santa Fe Police Department.
Santa Fe Police say they got a burglary call on Friday evening at a sprawling house on Old Santa Fe Trail, near Old Pecos Trail.
“There was a family member, believed to be, of Mr. Fenn, was detaining an individual who had broken into the residence,” said Cpt. Tapia.
That residence was the home of author, Forrest Fenn.
Police say they found Robert Miller on Fenn’s property. Miller flew to Santa Fe from his home state of Pennsylvania in search of Fenn’s well-publicized hidden treasure.
He told police he needed it for his family because he only had $130 in his bank account.
“The suspect was very upset. He admitted that he did break into the home believing that he had found the treasure that was quoted in Mr. Fenn’s poem,” said Cpt. Tapia.
Police say Miller got onto Fenn’s property by kicking down a small door next to the main gate.
According to the criminal complaint, Miller told police he thought the small door was a clue from Fenn’s poem in the book, ‘The Thrill of the Chase.’ A line in the poem says, “put in below the home of brown.”
“Even the arresting officer wasn’t familiar with the poem and the treasure map,” said Cpt. Tapia.
It is just the latest trouble in the hunt for the hidden treasure.
In the last two years, two men have died searching for what Fenn says is a chest filled with millions in gold and jewels, hidden somewhere in the Rocky Mountain chain.
Police say Miller did manage to get his hands on a chest, but what Miller found was a disappointment.
“Don’t do it. He searched his house and his treasure chest that he found, had clothing in it,” said Cpt. Tapia.
Police say Miller used an ax to break into Fenn’s home.