California

California Mining Museum Robbed of $2 Million in Precious Gems

Has the museum never heard of replicas? The thieves came with pickaxes to make off with the loot

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California investigators searched Monday for thieves who made off with an estimated $2 million in precious gems and gold from a mining museum in the Sierra Nevada foothills during a brazen daytime robbery.

But they didn't get away with the biggest prize of all—the nearly 14-pound Fricot Nugget, a giant crystalline gold mass unearthed in the Gold Rush era.