LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. (CBS46) – The Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man who entered a Crisson gold mine store on Morrison Moore Parkway in Dahlonega and pointed a gun at employees, forcing them to hand over cash and merchandise. and $100,000 in gold pendants, jewelry and gold nuggets.
“He just walked in through the door and honestly, we were like, ‘hey, how are you,’” said Brianna Ray-Weaver, store manager for Crisson Gold Mine. “We didn’t quite see it right away [but then] he said ‘this is a robbery, put your hands up’ and he pulled out his gun. Everything happened so fast.”
According to the employees, the robber knew where the most expensive products were and targeted those cases, leading the employees to believe he had been to the store before.
“He had about four or five trays,” says Ray-Weaver. “Noodles range in price from $20 to $7000. Jewelry from $200 to $8000.”
Lumpkin County Sheriff Stacy Jarrard said deputies are currently working to track down the man, who is seen in the video wearing a black and orange Cincinnati Bengals jacket.
“If you were here last night between 3 and 5 and saw anything suspicious, please let us know at the county sheriff’s office,” sheriff Jarrard said in a Facebook video. that he posted about the case.
The Crisson Gold Mine and its accompanying shop have been public since 1969. Brianna Ray-Weaver’s family has owned the store since 1990 and have never before had an experience like this. The tourist attraction is a staple of the Dahlonega community and is open 7 days a week to tourists and avid miners.
The store was closed on Friday as employees worked to assess stolen inventory, but plans to reopen on Saturday.
“It’s super traumatic but you can’t let three to five minutes of your life ruin your whole life, so we’ll see what happens,” says Ray-Weaver.