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Thieves Make Off with $3M Mother Lode of Gold Nuggets Featured in Courthouse Display

Posted Feb 2, 2012 8:46 AM CDT
By Molly McDonough

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A courthouse mining history display featuring more than $3 million in gold nuggets in the northernmost part of California was burglarized Wednesday.

Thieves reportedly smashed the glass of a Siskiyou County Courthouse display case in Yreka, Calif. Security video shows two men broke into the courthouse lobby display around 1 a.m. Wednesday, the Los Angeles Times reports. An alarm on the case didn't sound.

The gold, donated by miners over the years, belongs to Siskiyou County, which the Times notes was known as "the second Mother Lode" after gold was discovered there in 1851.

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