A Northern California man is accused of stealing a gold nugget valued at $1,900 from an Alaska mine where he was working, according to a story posted online Wednesday by the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.
The story said authorities identified the man as Shaun Timothy Hull, 32, of Pollock Pines. He was charged with second-degree felony theft for allegedly pocketing the nugget at Manley Hot Springs west of Fairbanks.
The story said Hull’s employer asked the miner to turn out his pockets, which subsequently led to the discovery of a 1.5-ounce nugget in a can of tobacco.
According to the posted story, Hull, a first-time miner, told Alaska State Troopers that he was overcome by the sight of the gold and took the nugget “because it was cool.”