Crisson Gold Mine Robbed At Gunpoint
March 2022 by Scott Harn
Speaking of a need to be cautious, as Ray Mills discussed in his article “Are You Being Followed?” earlier in this isse, our friends at the Crisson Gold Mine in Dahlonega, Georgia were the victims of an armed robbery on February 3.
Tammy and Tony Ray own the mine, which offers panning for gold and gemstones, mining equipment, jewelry, historical tours and more. Their daughter, Brianna Ray-Weaver, was working in the shop at the end of the day along with Tommy Dawkins, another employee, when a man walked in, shut the door and locked it behind him.
Brianna said the suspect announced, “This is a robbery,” and brandished a firearm, and then told her, “Do what I say and you won’t get hurt.”
The suspect also claimed he had a partner somewhere nearby, and told her, “If any of you come after me, my buddy will kill you.”
The suspect brought a duffel bag with him that he filled with two employee cellphones, wallets, cash from the register, gold nuggets and several trays of jewelry. Dawkins was told to sit on the floor while Brianna was ordered to help gather some of the valuables. It seemed the robber knew where the most expensive products were and targeting those cases, leading employees to believe he had been to the store before. He was able to leave with well over $100,000 of cash, gold, jewelry and other merchandise.
Brianna called it the longest three minutes of her life.
The armed suspect was described as a white male, 5’7”-5’10”, weighing about 225 pounds, wearing a black Cincinnati Bengals jacket with orange trim, a ball cap, black mask, light-colored blue jeans and black boots.
A $1,000 reward was offered by the Lumpkin County Sherriff’s Office for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect or suspects. That reward was increased to $10,000 after donations from friends and family poured in.
This was the largest robbery of its kind in Lumpkin County, Sheriff Stacy Jarrard said.
I could see lots of quartz, both loose on the hillsides and in the numerous small prospect diggings. There was a small gold rush here more than a century ago.
Take a look at the picture—it’s pretty simple and you can build it yourself.
The biggest nugget I have found detecting here was three grams and the following weekend someone found a 9-gram nugget while detecting. Some have even found quarter-ounce nuggets, with one being a chevron nugget.
Our research indicated this whole area had been claimed by Newmont mining company for several years, but when the price of gold dropped they let the claims expire, and we confirmed this with the local BLM office.
My first day using my pinpointer I detected an area where the fellas’ big guns had swooped in and cleaned up all the “big gold” and I got over sixty tiny pieces of gold.
The box sat in a hallway and employees began using it for impromptu cricket games, no knowing what it contained.
The most commonly asked question in metal detecting is, “Which metal detector should I get?” People worry a lot about not getting the right machine. They do not want to waste their money and their time with the wrong metal detector.
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