Robert Miller, of Pine Grove, Pa., is charged with residential burglary, breaking and entering and criminal damage to property after he used an ax to break into Fenn’s Old Santa Fe Trail home.
Miller told a Santa Fe police officer that he flew to Santa Fe because he believed the treasure chest that Fenn says he’s stashed somewhere in the Rocky Mountain region, said to be filled with gold coins and other valuables worth more than $1 million, was at the house.
Miller said he needed the treasure to get out of a dire financial situation.
“Mr. Miller told me he and his wife only have $130 in their bank account and he wanted to find the treasure to change his families (sic) financial future,” the criminal complaint against him says.
According to the complaint, police were called to Fenn’s home for a burglary in progress around 5:30 p.m. Friday. When an officer got there he saw Fenn, Miller and a woman holding a revolver. She was later identified as Fenn’s daughter.
She came to the house after her sister had brought Fenn home from a dentist appointment and they found Miller. The daughter with the revolver said Miller “was crying and apologizing for breaking into the house.”
Miller, born in 1977, told the officer that he kicked in a small wooden gate near the main entrance to get into the backyard. He then took a black ax that he found near an air compressor, broke a door window and entered the house. Miller took a small wooden treasure box he found while searching the house, the complaint says.
Fenn announced in a 2010 memoir that he had hidden the treasure and included a poem said to include clues as to its whereabouts.
There have been several previos break-ins at the house “in reference” to Fenn’s poem, one of the sisters told police. Miller told officers he thought the poem references the gate he kicked in to enter the backyard and a electrical breaker box at the Fenn house.