Nearly 2-pound gold nugget stolen from Long Beach collectibles show

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

A thief stole a gold nugget worth $82,100, and the Long Beach Police Department is asking for the public’s help in tracking down the culprit and recovering the precious metal.

The nugget was stolen at about 11:45 a.m. Thursday from the Long Beach Convention Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., according to LBPD spokesperson Richard Mejia.

According to the Convention Center’s website, the 60th annual Long Beach Expo is being held at that location this weekend. The collectibles show caters to “collectors of all kinds,” the site added.

The Long Beach Police Department said this 1.8-pound gold nugget was stolen on June 6, 2024.

Surveillance video captured a man apparently taking the gold from a display booth.

Police did not identify the victim, but a flyer asking for the public’s help said anyone with information should call Bob Campbell of Robert Campbell Rare Coins of Salt Lake City. Campbell can be reached at 801-467-8636 or 801-414-6623. A $10,000 reward is available for help in tracking down the precious metal.

The nugget has a mass of 821 grams, which is more than 1.8 pounds, and it was reportedly found in the Yolo River near Weed, California “years ago,” according to documentation describing the nugget.

It is just under 90% pure gold, 6% silver and 4% copper.

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Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.