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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 3, January 20, 2008, Article 26

POTENTIAL DAHLONEGA GOLD MUSEUM COIN THEFT THWARTED

According to news reports, "The Lumpkin County Sheriff's
Office has thwarted a possible conspiracy to steal coins
from the Dahlonega Gold Museum. On Christmas Eve, an
anonymous caller alerted the museum of the potential
conspiracy.

"Officials contacted one of the alleged co-conspirators,
who had recently visited the museum and researched the
value of the coins. 'We put them on notice that we knew
about the conspiracy and none of the coins would be stolen,'
Lumpkin County Sheriff Mark McClure said. And, 'We would
be definitely looking to charge individuals if that did
occur.'

The man, who is from out of state, denied having any
involvement in the plot. McClure said residential
burglaries of coins and coin collections are fairly
common in the community, but to steal coins of such
value as the ones in the museum is a 'rarity.'

"'We take these treasures of our county very seriously
because they are very valuable,' McClure said. 'But
they're also of great historical significance to the
citizens of Lumpkin County.'

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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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