Spring Creek Man Arrested in Gold Mine Theft

ELKO, Nev. (AP) - A former Barrick Goldstrike employee has been arrested on suspicion of stealing gold ore and processing it at his Spring Creek home.

Thomas Joseph Bingman, 32, a former maintenance worker for the mining company, is accused of taking about 1,400 grams of gold ore,
Elko County Sheriff's Sgt. Kevin McKinney said.

Bingman, who worked at Barrick for about five years, allegedly took home the gold-bearing material between April and September 2007, when a family reported suspicious activities to the sheriff's office, McKinney said.

The amount of gold contained in the material would not be known until the ore was processed.

McKinney said gold ore and other materials were found at Bingman's residence.

Bingman was booked and released on charges of possession of stolen property. Bail was set at $5,000.

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