Two Chowchilla men were arrested early Sunday morning for trying to steal gold from a mining operation in Snelling.
The men were found by Merced County Sheriff's Deputy Dylan Buessing. Dressed in black, former employees Larry David Bullard, 59, and Anthony Foster, 44, were found standing on top of the mining operation's gold room. They had a swamp vacuum, which could be used to suck up sand processed by the mining operation, according to the Sheriff's office. They also had several canvas bags ready to store the sand. During past burglaries, thieves have collected sand and used a filter to retrieve the gold.
Bullard and Foster were booked into Merced County Jail on $20,000 bail. Bullard, who was arrested in Sept. 2000 for the same offense in the same location, has bailed out of jail.