Gold Nuggets Stolen From $3M Courthouse Collection

Published February 2, 2012 7:45PM (EST)

YREKA, Calif. (AP) — Investigators in a far Northern California town are seeking leads in the theft of large chunks of gold from a $3 million collection housed at the county courthouse, as residents lamented the loss of their cultural heritage.

Thieves smashed a lobby display case and stole the gold early Wednesday from the Siskiyou County Courthouse in Yreka. The county was the site of an 1851 Gold Rush known as the second Mother Lode.

Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Allison Giannini says investigators are trying to figure out how the thieves broke the display case's supposedly unbreakable glass and why no alarm went off.

Officials say the total collection was worth $3 million. The county is still taking inventory to determine how much of the gold had actually been stolen.

By Salon Staff

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