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Nuggets stolen from gold rush town

Thieves have stolen large chunks of gold from a £1.9 million collection housed in a gold rush town in northern California, a heist residents called the loss of their cultural heritage.

The thieves smashed a display case and stole the gold early on Wednesday from the Siskiyou County Courthouse in Yreka. The county was the site of an 1851 gold rush known as the second Mother Lode.

Siskiyou county sheriff's office spokeswoman Allison Giannini said investigators are trying to discover how the thieves broke the display case's supposedly unbreakable glass and why no alarm went off.

Officials say the total collection was worth three million dollars (£1.9 million). The county is still making an inventory to determine how much of the gold had actually been stolen.

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