Alaska man arrested in case of a stolen gold nugget, chopped up for resale

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - One man is in police custody, and another man is still being sought as a suspect involving a case of a stolen gold nugget.

The theft took place on Feb. 15, when an unidentified man allegedly stole a large gold nugget from a display case at Wells Fargo Corporate Headquarters in Anchorage.

That man was described as white, 35 to 40 years old, 5'8" with long brown hair. He hasn't been arrested yet, and police did not disclose his identity.

Another man, Austin Sala, 19, has been arrested, after an employee at Gold Buyers of Alaska in Eagle River called police.

APD warned pawn shops of the theft, anticipating that the thieves might try to resell the stolen nugget.

According to police, the nugget had been chopped up into several pieces. Sala and two other people reportedly tried to sell it to the Eagle River gold broker.

Officers arrived and arrested Sala on an outstanding felony warrant, as well as new charges related to the gold theft.

The man who took the nugget from Wells Fargo is still being sought. Police are looking for him, as well as "any others who may be attempting to sell pieces of the nugget."