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(Telegraph)   Robbers armed with pickaxes rob Mining and Minerals Museum, unearth $2 million in gold and gems. They missed the 14lb Fricot Nugget - a giant crystalline gold mass unearthed in the Gold Rush era. Sometimes things just don't pan out   (telegraph.co.uk) divider line 39
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2012-10-01 09:39:10 PM
www.stevelange.net

//what the robbers may look like
 
2012-10-01 11:45:04 PM
Couldn't they just melt down what they stole, just make some shiatty trinkets? Seems like it might be expensive, but probably worth it.
 
2012-10-01 11:58:08 PM
So here we have Darryl and Flogett
Who were adamant about stealing THE Gold Nugget
Without an ounce of common sense,
To accept it'd be impossible to fence,
They might as well have said,"Fark this....Let's vlog it!"
 
2012-10-01 11:59:52 PM

cretinbob: [www.stevelange.net image 600x450]

//what the robbers may look like


Or the robbers used this to make out with a lot of ruby gems...

lh4.ggpht.com
 
2012-10-02 12:00:04 AM

davidphogan: Couldn't they just melt down what they stole, just make some shiatty trinkets? Seems like it might be expensive, but probably worth it.


They're going to mail it to Cash 4 Gold and collect $49.37.
 
2012-10-02 12:00:06 AM
Has anyone seen Ron Paul lately?
 
2012-10-02 12:00:55 AM
Theres gold in that thar museum
 
2012-10-02 12:01:02 AM
The area where I live was mined out years ago. There are lots of attractions left for rock hounds and tourists to visit. Just down the road is an underground mine tour. There are often lots of school buses in their parking lot, the place is a big hit with the little ones.

The mine tour has an area down from the road with loose rocks all over. The children are given tools and they get to smack rocks and see what kind of fluorescing rocks they may find. When you're up on the road walking your dog and you look down it looks like a miniature russian gulag with children at hard labor breaking rocks. Funny as hell to see.
 
2012-10-02 12:01:24 AM
Can they melt that other sh*t down?
 
2012-10-02 12:05:35 AM

davidphogan: Couldn't they just melt down what they stole, just make some shiatty trinkets? Seems like it might be expensive, but probably worth it.


If it's what I think it is, a lot of it isn't refined gold. Some of it is nuggets; but a lot is still raw ore. The value is in the history, not the metal. If they try to "melt down" the gold, even at today's prices, it will be worth way less than $2 million cash.
 
2012-10-02 12:06:36 AM
For those wondering - the museum is located on the county fairgrounds/rv park. Ugly as sin.

/former El Portaler
 
2012-10-02 12:14:25 AM
Can we please go all Sharia on biatches that steal from museums and art galleries?
 
2012-10-02 12:14:43 AM
My reallllly shiatty eyes read the headline as "armed with pancakes" and I laughed my ass off wondering how someone could rob a place with pancakes. I'm kinda upset I didn't learn how to steal gold with a flapjack.
 
2012-10-02 12:16:52 AM

Gyrfalcon: davidphogan: Couldn't they just melt down what they stole, just make some shiatty trinkets? Seems like it might be expensive, but probably worth it.

If it's what I think it is, a lot of it isn't refined gold. Some of it is nuggets; but a lot is still raw ore. The value is in the history, not the metal. If they try to "melt down" the gold, even at today's prices, it will be worth way less than $2 million cash.


I'll have you know that I panned for gold outside of Fairbanks in 1968 (just 7 years-old) with my father.(there for the earthquake and flooding) and I still have that gold.
/good times
 
2012-10-02 12:21:02 AM
For obvious reasons, I'm getting a kick. etc.
 
2012-10-02 12:21:49 AM

KidneyStone: My reallllly shiatty eyes read the headline as "armed with pancakes" and I laughed my ass off wondering how someone could rob a place with pancakes. I'm kinda upset I didn't learn how to steal gold with a flapjack.


upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-10-02 12:29:37 AM
I submitted this with a better headline, but apparently my claim got jumped.

/not a repeat from 1849.
 
2012-10-02 12:32:10 AM

KrispyKritter: The area where I live was mined out years ago. There are lots of attractions left for rock hounds and tourists to visit. Just down the road is an underground mine tour. There are often lots of school buses in their parking lot, the place is a big hit with the little ones.

The mine tour has an area down from the road with loose rocks all over. The children are given tools and they get to smack rocks and see what kind of fluorescing rocks they may find. When you're up on the road walking your dog and you look down it looks like a miniature russian gulag with children at hard labor breaking rocks. Funny as hell to see.


That would make a great picture. Albeit macht frei
 
2012-10-02 12:34:58 AM

Billy Bathsalt: Can we please go all Sharia on biatches that steal from museums and art galleries?


Personally I don't think that such people should have their hands cut off. If they willingly destroy their own cultural patrimony, they should be castrated.
 
2012-10-02 12:36:14 AM
I'm not a smart man, but does that website only post stories about shiat that happens in America? Someone mentioned that in another thread, and it got me thinking. Then it got me tired. Then it got me to take a nap.
 
2012-10-02 01:06:18 AM

hervatski: I'm not a smart man, but does that website only post stories about shiat that happens in America? Someone mentioned that in another thread, and it got me thinking. Then it got me tired. Then it got me to take a nap.


USA:Florida::Western World:USA
 
2012-10-02 01:13:14 AM
comedycentral-co-uk.mtvnimages.com
 
2012-10-02 01:14:00 AM
This is all well and good, but what will they do
www.popspotsnyc.com
 
2012-10-02 01:28:33 AM

KrispyKritter: The area where I live was mined out years ago. There are lots of attractions left for rock hounds and tourists to visit. Just down the road is an underground mine tour. There are often lots of school buses in their parking lot, the place is a big hit with the little ones.

The mine tour has an area down from the road with loose rocks all over. The children are given tools and they get to smack rocks and see what kind of fluorescing rocks they may find. When you're up on the road walking your dog and you look down it looks like a miniature russian gulag with children at hard labor breaking rocks. Funny as hell to see.


By me as well, used to love going there as a kid, parents would have to drag me away from the rock pits. Found some cool stuff, nice garnets and what not. Wicked cool part is there is a certain rock from the mines that glow like a 70s acid trip black light poster under the black light. Cool stuff
 
2012-10-02 01:41:20 AM
Authorities said the unique pieces would be easily identified, which could make it difficult for the robbers to sell them.

image.classictrucks.com

Sorry to break it to you, but your "unique pieces" are about to turn into a nondescript puddle. Just tellin' it like it is.
 
2012-10-02 01:42:53 AM

Silentbob768768: Wicked cool part is there is a certain rock from the mines that glow like a 70s acid trip black light poster under the black light.


Yeah, those are called scorpions.
 
2012-10-02 01:46:09 AM
Nobody owns the gold. God owns -- it's God's gold.

/PS you can't rob a building
 
2012-10-02 01:46:45 AM

Gyrfalcon: davidphogan: Couldn't they just melt down what they stole, just make some shiatty trinkets? Seems like it might be expensive, but probably worth it.

If it's what I think it is, a lot of it isn't refined gold. Some of it is nuggets; but a lot is still raw ore. The value is in the history, not the metal. If they try to "melt down" the gold, even at today's prices, it will be worth way less than $2 million cash.


Well, gold is currently like $1770/ozt. A troy oz is 31.1grams. That's 77.3 lbs of gold. They COULD have carried off that much, but you're right, they probably greatly increased its value as a historical artifact.
 
2012-10-02 02:01:29 AM
I bet these idiots try to sell it on craigslist/ebay and get caught.

If they are smart, they would already of set up a buyer on the black market but even that is dicey.
 
2012-10-02 02:13:21 AM
Au Snap!
 
2012-10-02 02:24:11 AM

viscountalpha: I bet these idiots try to sell it on craigslist/ebay and get caught.

If they are smart, they would already of set up a buyer on the black market but even that is dicey.


"already of" ?


So... what do you want for your gold nuggets?
 
2012-10-02 03:53:19 AM

Oznog: Gyrfalcon: davidphogan: Couldn't they just melt down what they stole, just make some shiatty trinkets? Seems like it might be expensive, but probably worth it.

If it's what I think it is, a lot of it isn't refined gold. Some of it is nuggets; but a lot is still raw ore. The value is in the history, not the metal. If they try to "melt down" the gold, even at today's prices, it will be worth way less than $2 million cash.

Well, gold is currently like $1770/ozt. A troy oz is 31.1grams. That's 77.3 lbs of gold. They COULD have carried off that much, but you're right, they probably greatly increased its value as a historical artifact.


Which is sad, to think that these morons will try to melt it down for the $2 mil, and likely be pissed when they only get a few hundred grand. Be like breaking into an Aztec museum for the treasure: It's not the dollar amount of the gold that's so precious.
 
2012-10-02 04:07:22 AM
FTA:

"It is uncommon for most citizens to possess such minerals," the CHP said in a statement.
 
2012-10-02 04:19:13 AM

Gyrfalcon: Oznog: Gyrfalcon: davidphogan: Couldn't they just melt down what they stole, just make some shiatty trinkets? Seems like it might be expensive, but probably worth it.

If it's what I think it is, a lot of it isn't refined gold. Some of it is nuggets; but a lot is still raw ore. The value is in the history, not the metal. If they try to "melt down" the gold, even at today's prices, it will be worth way less than $2 million cash.

Well, gold is currently like $1770/ozt. A troy oz is 31.1grams. That's 77.3 lbs of gold. They COULD have carried off that much, but you're right, they probably greatly increased its value as a historical artifact.

Which is sad, to think that these morons will try to melt it down for the $2 mil, and likely be pissed when they only get a few hundred grand. Be like breaking into an Aztec museum for the treasure: It's not the dollar amount of the gold that's so precious.


But they pulled it off and haven't been caught yet... even if the value was tenth of 2 million bucks the crime would still be mad profit. 200 grand between a few people who aren't going to be taxed on their money isn't small potatoes.

The lost value is worth it when you consider how difficult it would be to find the goods after the fact...

Its not like these guys are going to shop around to rock collectors or other museums to get top dollar anyways. When you steal a car stereo you dont expect to get anywhere close to what it costs in the store when you sell it to your fence...
 
2012-10-02 08:45:33 AM
Miners?
i64.photobucket.com
 
2012-10-02 09:57:46 AM

reubendaley: Nobody owns the gold. God owns -- it's God's gold.

/PS you can't rob a building


I thought it was Gord's Gold?

/obscure?
 
2012-10-02 12:03:01 PM

Billy Bathsalt: Can we please go all Sharia on biatches that steal from museums and art galleries?


Who do you think is doing that?
 
2012-10-02 04:09:30 PM
Authorities said the unique pieces would be easily identified, which could make it difficult for the robbers to sell them.

This is the only indication in the article that anyone actually successfully stole anything.
 
2012-10-02 06:14:14 PM

Gyrfalcon: Oznog: Gyrfalcon: davidphogan: Couldn't they just melt down what they stole, just make some shiatty trinkets? Seems like it might be expensive, but probably worth it.

If it's what I think it is, a lot of it isn't refined gold. Some of it is nuggets; but a lot is still raw ore. The value is in the history, not the metal. If they try to "melt down" the gold, even at today's prices, it will be worth way less than $2 million cash.

Well, gold is currently like $1770/ozt. A troy oz is 31.1grams. That's 77.3 lbs of gold. They COULD have carried off that much, but you're right, they probably greatly increased its value as a historical artifact.

Which is sad, to think that these morons will try to melt it down for the $2 mil, and likely be pissed when they only get a few hundred grand. Be like breaking into an Aztec museum for the treasure: It's not the dollar amount of the gold that's so precious.


I dunno, smelting it down and selling it to a few libertarians convinced that the dollar is going to fail for a few hundred thou seems like a pretty good payday to me with minimum risk.
 
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