DAHLONEGA, Ga. — The Lumpkin County Sheriff said his office is looking for a man who stole large amounts of gold and other valuables from the Crisson Gold Mine in Dahlonega on Thursday.
Sheriff Stacy Jarrard said the man walked into the mine located on Morrison Moore Parkway and stole about $100,000 worth of cellphones, money, jewelry and gold from employees at the business around 4:30 p.m.
They said the man was last seen near Cavender Creek Road, which is directly across from the mine. Deputies issued a “Be On The Lookout” alert to residents in the area.
Brianna Weaver said she and a co-worker were about to close up shop when a man dressed in black stormed through the front door.
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“Came in and said, ‘This is a robbery,’ and we were standing at the other counter, and he made us come over here. Made the young man sit on the floor, and I had to fill his bag, and he had his gun the whole time,” Weaver said.
The robber ordered the employees to empty the shelves.
“It was nuggets ranging anywhere from $20 to $7,000,” Weaver said.
After filling his bag with gold and jewelry, he demanded the employees’ wallets and cellphones.
“He said, ‘any of you follow, my buddy is going to f-ing shoot you,’ things like that,” Waver said.
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The man is described as a white male, approximately 5 feet, 10 inches tall, wearing a puffy black jacket with an orange emblem on it.
The Sheriff said the man was carrying a black duffel bag and may be wearing a mask and sunglasses.
Jarrard said it was largest robbery of its kind in Lumpkin County, and the first at the town’s popular gold mine tourist attractions,
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“Someone put them in harm’s way, and we want to do everything possible that we can to catch this person,” Jarrard said.
Investigators warn residents that the man may possibly be armed and dangerous.
They’re asking anyone with information about the man or the incident to call them at 706-864-3633.
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