TSX-V-listed junior Sola Gold on Friday announced that its La Ye mine, in Colombia, was hit in an armed robbery earlier in the week, with thieves taking off with a doré bar of 475 gold-equivalent ounces.
The company said an armed group of individuals entered the mine site after a gold pour, but before the doré was transported by helicopter to the refinery in Medellin.
“The thieves took advantage of a change in the protocols during the transition as a result of the recent acquisition of Operadora by Soma. New protocols and a full security review have been instituted,” said CEO Javier Cordova.
No employee was injured during the robbery and the gold was insured.
The Police and Colombian Military have been to site and the company said that an active investigation was under way.
Soma owns two adjacent mining properties in Antioquia, with a combined milling capacity of 675 t/d.