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AK Nugget
10-01-2012, 04:03 PM
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/10/01/bandits-make-off-with-2-million-in-gold-and-gems-from-california-gold-rush/

Apparently the thieves missed the 201 oz. nugget.

Reno Chris
10-01-2012, 10:52 PM
“It may be difficult to sell the kind of items that may have been taken, as it is uncommon for most citizens to possess such minerals,” read a bulletin released by the CHP.

I guess the Ca Highway Patrol never heard that gold can be melted down and poured into bars. Probably already melted down by now. Glad to hear they didn't get the Fricot 201 ounce nugget.

Marshall/Ak
10-02-2012, 09:09 AM
You're 100% right Chris, any backyard mechanic has access to an acetylene torch. And once melted down it would be just about impossible to prove where the source of the gold came from. They could even toss in a few ounces of silver, to change the Au purity, thereby "proving" that the melted gold didn't come from the 201-oz nugget...

goldmann
10-03-2012, 03:35 PM
In 'both' Northern California gold heists this year the museum administration was not thinking properly along with very poor security. Why wasn't ALL the GOLD put behind and inside 3/4" to +1" thick very high security bullet-proof glass show cases, that were secured down on steel-concrete footings. That CANNOT be opened by the museum staff(only by an outside party) and definitely COULD NOT be opened by thieves. This WOULD have prevented both robberies.

Thieves make off with $2 million from gold museum
01 Oct 2012
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/9580306/Thieves-make-off-with-2-million-from-gold-museum.html
It was the 'second' heist this year of rare, valuable metals in Northern California. In February(2012), thieves made off with large chunks of gold that were on display in a Siskiyou County courthouse.
Investigators were trying to determine if there is a connection between the two heists.

Thieves steal $2 million in gems, gold from Calif. mining museum; 14-pound nugget not taken
October 1, 2012
http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/thieves-steal-2-million-in-gems-gold-from-calif-mining-museum-14-pound-nugget-not-taken/2012/10/01/13c446ee-0c26-11e2-97a7-45c05ef136b2_story.html