Gold, Gems Stolen from Mariposa Museum
An estimated $2 million worth of gold nuggets and precious gems were stolen Friday afternoon from the Mariposa Mining and Mineral Museum, a California State Parks spokesman said.
Several robbers threatened museum staff with weapons before stealing the gems and gold, said Park Ranger Superintendent Greg Martin.
Only a rough estimate of the amount stolen can be made until there is an inspection of the museum's inventory, said Roy Stearns, deputy director for communications for California State Parks. Some of the gold is fairly large, about the size of a fist, and will be difficult to sell. The