but the pump sump cleaner got done disposing of said gold, I mean all he had to do was take a month off work , go gold prospecting, come back, and say he found it, but no, idiot got done, couldn't explain it and told the truth?
anyhow, the main question running through my mind is how much gold has been pocketed by other routine maintenance crews around the world in onsite gold refinerys, every mis sized gold mine has one, they're either trucking the ore somewhere or processing it onsite, and like at 50K a kilo, and with multiple kilos just collecting up in pump sumps waiting to be cleaned out during routine shut down maintainence, there must be a few quite well off pump sump cleaners out there, yeah??
I'm betting they've just been , wisely, keeping quiet about this little job perk all this time..
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-13/k ... ce/9424506
A Kalgoorlie man who stole more than $200,000 worth of gold from a mine in Western Australia's northern Goldfields has avoided an immediate jail term.
Joseph Andrew Cresp, 52, was working at the Sunrise Dam Gold Mine, 1,000 kilometres north-east of Perth, when he stole the gold in February last year.
The Court was told Cresp had been working on a pump at the mine's mill during a routine shutdown when a pile of dirt containing nearly four kilograms of gold fell out of one of the sumps
Prosecutor Fiona Clare said Cresp hid the gold in his locker, walking out of the mine with it, driving home to Kalgoorlie and hiding it in his gun safe.
"He saw the gold sitting there and wanted to surprise his wife for her birthday," Ms Clare said.
She said Cresp had envisioned using the gold to fund a family holiday to Greece.
Charged with fraud and stealing as a servant, Cresp pleaded guilty to both offences midway through last year.
But a combination of trying personal circumstances and an extraordinary degree of co-operation saw him granted a two-year suspended sentence by the District Court on Monday.
Blundered attempt at sale alerted police
Detectives from the WA Police Gold Stealing Detection Unit (GSDU) swooped on Cresp in June last year after he on-sold $90,000 of the stolen gold in Perth.
Ms Clare said Cresp approached a gold trader in Perth's eastern suburbs, offloading a kilogram of the precious metal.
But when the trader attempted to sell it to the Perth Mint and could not provide its origin, Mint staff alerted police.
Describing her client's actions as a "brain explosion", defence lawyer Kim Samiotis said Cresp had been dealing with financial stress, undiagnosed depression and a sick daughter in the lead up to the theft.
She said Cresp spent only $6,000 of his $90,000 windfall on a holiday, servicing his car and financial support for his eldest daughter.
"The [remaining] gold remained in his safe, untouched," she said.
Ms Samiotis said her client always intended to return the gold and money, co-operating fully with GSDU detectives when they raided his home in May.
While the Court was told Cresp immediately regretted stealing the gold, he still attempted to fraudulently sell it.