When it comes to robberies, museums are a tempting target. Yes, there are lots of security measures, but if you can get away from a museum with your haul intact, you’ll be making off like a bandit, literally. There are hundreds of millions of dollars in art and antiques out there to be stolen, but nowhere is quite as tempting to rob as a museum full of gold. The California State Mining and Mineral Museum in Mariposa was robbed of $2 million in gold and gems on Friday afternoon.
Fittingly, the robbers were armed with pickaxes, because if you’re going to steal a bunch of gold and gems from a mining museum, you need to use a pickaxe. The masked suspects, and there were at least two, wore masks and forced employees into one end of the building during the daring daylight robbery on Friday. Fortunately, they did not make off with the biggest prize: the 14-pound Fricot Nugget from the California Gold Rush era.
Still, they made off with quite a lot of treasure. Now, the hard part is finding someone to buy it from you, or hiding it until you can sell it in the future.
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