CHITA, Russia, June 20 (UPI) --
Thieves have stolen a steel box with 17.6 pounds of gold from prospectors in East Siberia's Transbaikal Territory, police said in a statement Thursday.
"A group of unidentified people dug their way under a fence and sneaked to the territory of a small [gold-mining] enterprise," the statement said.
Police told RIA Novosti the perpetrators had found a hidden key for the box.
An investigation was under way.
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