Pollock Pines Miner accused of stealing nugget
FAIRBANKS, AK — A California man at a gold mine north of Fairbanks allegedly stole a $1,900 nugget because he was overcome by how “cool” it was.
Shaun Timothy Hull, 32, of Pollock Pines, California, was charged with second-degree felony theft after a Manley Hot Springs miner reported one of two nuggets discovered Saturday had been stolen.
Hull’s employer told Alaska State Troopers that two gold nuggets were found Saturday, according to a criminal complaint against Hull filed Monday. When one of the nuggets went missing, the employer fired both employees who had the opportunity to steal the nugget.
The employer said he asked Hull to turn out his pockets and that a 1.5 ounce nugget was found in a tobacco can. Hull also had multiple bottles of gold concentrate in his luggage. The value of the concentrate hasn’t yet been determined because the concentrate hasn’t been panned, according to the complaint.
Hull’s employer flew Hull back to Fairbanks International Airport. At an interview at the airport, troopers said Hull was forthcoming about the alleged theft.
Hull said this was his first time mining and that he was overcome by the gold. He said he “took it because it was cool,” Trooper Kamau Leigh said in the criminal complaint.
Hull is in custody at Fairbanks Correctional Center. Bail is set at $1,500.