Three people have been charged in connection with an alleged million-dollar gold theft from a mining company in Western Australia.
Detectives from the Gold Stealing Detection Unit in Kalgoorlie have charged a 73-year-old man from Geographe, Busselton and a 40-year-old man from East Fremantle, Perth with stealing as a servant.
Police allege that the men stole large quantities of gold-bearing ore from the Greenfields Mill in Coolgardie.
More than 8000 tonnes of gold ore, worth an estimated $1.18 million, was allegedly stolen, claim police.
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It is alleged the charged men transferred funds from processing the ore into bank accounts they could access.
A 31-year-old woman from Boulder has been charged with possession of stolen or unlawfully obtained property.
Information obtained by detectives during the investigation led them to focus on a toll milling contract at the Greenfields Mill, where a parcel of 16,900 tonnes of gold bearing ore was processed. It produced 1800 ounces of gold, which had an approximate value at the time of more than $3.3 million, the police said.
Over the past two months, the detectives executed nine search warrants at residential and commercial properties in the Kalgoorlie and Busselton areas.
The 40-year-old man is due in court on February 1, while the 73-year-old man will appear in court on March 23.