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    Theft of mining equipment.

    A pair of my mining buddies/ and a claim partner(s) have had their mining equipment and camp trailers stolen right off the claims. Both were occupying different claims but set up within 1000 yds of each other. Anyway, long story short: Using/utilizing trail cams the identity was determined and a pair of culprits were caught. Most of the equipment had been sold but one of the camp trailers was still pretty much intact. (they would strip them down and part them out). After about 5 months a Federal prosecutor called my friend/partner and said they were throwing the book at the pair. It happened on managed Federal Lands and they were Federal Mining claims and the amount added up to Grand Theft. The prosecutor told my buddy that each could get up to 50 years in the big house. After further investigations the prosecutor stated he felt there was a ring of thieves and that the two who were caught were just the tip of the problem.


    It is nice to hear that a Federal Prosecutor has/shows no mercy for the thieves. Of the two culprits one is pretty much penniless but the other has a house and property...which he says he feels can be attached to retribution. A Federal Crime was committed. It is nice to know someone has the miners backs. Now it is a wait and see what finally happens.


    So Clay...you know the mining partner:....Jack.

    There was also a such a pair of culprits in the Rich Hill Az area and it would be nice to clue those two guys in on the consequences of mining equip theft......just saying!


    Bejay
    Last edited by Bejay; Oct 12, 2018 at 09:44 AM.

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    I'm glad the thieves were caught and are being prosecuted! I hate thieves!

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    In Arizona we still hang them from the nearest tree. LOL.
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    Yucca doesn't count as a tree LOL

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    Yucca doesn't count as a tree LOL
    BUT IT WILL WORK JUST FINE !!!

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    There's a lot of open shafts out there. Be a damn shame if a thief tripped on a rock and fell into one.
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    Ummm...Yeah....I share your dislike for thieves but this is not 1872 and theft does not justify homicide. A lot of miners have a Yosemite Sam attitude but acting on that will land you in prison.

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    The miners and neighbors around here may not always see eye to eye but we all stand together when we need to. One of the helpful things is to see photo's and names of those to watch out for. Any info, area, time frame on those two that were caught?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SaltwaterServr View Post
    There's a lot of open shafts out there. Be a damn shame if a thief tripped on a rock and fell into one.
    This is why people should stay out of abandoned mines!!! They just aren't safe! Snakes,bad air,unstable.......Trip on a rock and fall down a hole?
    Would it be a little better if you hung your tools over the hole? Then it wouldn't seem as bad.



    Glad the thieves were caught. That's good to hear that they didn't get slapped on the wrist and let go.
    Last edited by Nitric; Oct 17, 2018 at 01:00 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonaro View Post
    Ummm...Yeah....I share your dislike for thieves but this is not 1872 and theft does not justify homicide. A lot of miners have a Yosemite Sam attitude but acting on that will land you in prison.
    I'm old school. I'd rather just chop off their hands.

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    If they actually did more to thieves people wouldn't have such a "Yosemite Sam " attitude about it.

    Where I'm at they barely investigate break ins. and The S.O. takes about a day to even show up and make a report.

    The thieves know this.

    Glad that some states still have law enforcement with some teeth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by diggummup View Post
    I'm old school. I'd rather just chop off their hands.
    You mean like the Saudi Arabian hard core Muslims do?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldwasher View Post
    If they actually did more to thieves people wouldn't have such a "Yosemite Sam " attitude about it.

    Where I'm at they barely investigate break ins. and The S.O. takes about a day to even show up and make a report.

    The thieves know this.

    Glad that some states still have law enforcement with some teeth.
    This, the thieves took something I worked for, time out of my life. They need to make me whole again, or they loose their life. Would make it pretty simple.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mendoAu View Post
    The miners and neighbors around here may not always see eye to eye but we all stand together when we need to. One of the helpful things is to see photo's and names of those to watch out for. Any info, area, time frame on those two that were caught?
    The culprits were out of the Myrtle Point/Bridge/Remote area and cruising Powers to Riddle to Glendale areas. West Fork of Cow Creek and Cow Creek as well as Coquille Middle and South fork areas. They had been operating as thieves for about the past 6 years that I know of. I have not talked to the authorities, but my mining buddies will be more informed as the sentencing begins. The culprits both pleaded guilty to the theft....kinda hard to deny things when you are on camera and get caught with the goods (some of it).


    Most often such things/happenings get tossed aside by some of the authorities; but my partner is connected. I will gain more info as it comes forth.


    Bejay

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonaro View Post
    Ummm...Yeah....I share your dislike for thieves but this is not 1872 and theft does not justify homicide. A lot of miners have a Yosemite Sam attitude but acting on that will land you in prison.
    This ain't Michigan, its GOLD COUNTRY!

 

 
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