Two men were behind bars Tuesday accused of stealing gold dust from a Placer County mining claim. The Placer County Sheriff’s Office reported the two were arrested while leaving the Red Ink Maid gold mine near Foresthill and a vial of gold dust was discovered during a search.
A deputy patrolling the area Monday afternoon had spotted a truck parked on a turnout in an area that had been a frequent target for people digging for gold, according to sheriff’s spokesman Dena Erwin.
Two deputies approached the property and spotted two men roaming with metal detectors in late afternoon before sunset.
A vehicle was stopped as it was leaving the area around 5:30 p.m. and two men inside turned over a vial with gold-colored flakes, a rock containing more gold flakes, and a .45 caliber automatic pistol.
Irwin says there are consequences for Claim Jumping.
“The California Penal Code says the charges apply to anyone caught stealing, attempting to take or carrying away any gold dust from a mining claim tunnel.”
The two were booked into Placer County Jail in North Auburn on a felony charge of grand theft of gold dust. Also confiscated were two metal detectors and tools.