2012-09-27 / Front Page

Armed robbers strike Mining and Mineral Museum

Jill Ballinger/GAZETTE EDITOR

The California State Mining and Mineral Museum has just been robbed. The crime was reported shortly after 4 p.m.

Within minutes, the area was under siege by law enforcement, but the suspects have not been found. The original call said the men were armed with a pick-axe.

According to two women who were inside the museum at the time, the men were completely covered in black clothing and were wearing what they believed to be night vision goggles.

The women said the two men herded park rangers to one area of the museum and went into the vault. The alarm was sounding, and the door began to close. The women believed the suspects would be caught inside the vault. Seconds later, one of the men slammed into the vault door with his shoulder and tumbled out into the museum.

From there, the suspects got away. Mariposa County Sheriff's Deputies and California Highway Patrol are canvassing the area now.

Check back at www.mariposagazette.com for updates.

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we are letting our guard down

we are letting our guard down way to much

I have always thought that

I have always thought that the museum was vulnerable since it contains such rare and valuable items and looks as if there is no security. Maybe it's time for a volunteer security person to at least not make it look like a sitting duck. I hope the thieves didn't make off with anything.

My family and I were there

My family and I were there this morning, we left around 11am. We took pictures of some of the exhibits. If these would help in the investigation please contact me. We are all so sorry for all the people working there, they were all friendly and helpful to us.

And off they go with 14 lbs

And off they go with 14 lbs of Fricot Nugget!

I have lived in mariposa many

I have lived in mariposa many years! I still go visit! When in gods name has the museum Ever had 10 pds Gold! Never! and why would they!!!! They have had tiny viles to sell to tourists! But without security, and no actual means, why would they have, or be stupid enough to have that kind of amount of gold!!!! Highly unlikely! Not even the old museum they had downtown years ago had that! !And that was even better and more historicaaly right! and they had the best gold prospectors then....... one great story!!!

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