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Russian thieves steal 17.6 pounds of gold

June 20, 2013 at 8:27 AM   |   Comments

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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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