Daylin Cooper with mining equipment (different than what was stolen).

Theft stalls your prospector

A lot of hard work went into buying gold mining equipment

A young gold panner by the name of Daylin Cooper has experienced a devastating loss. His panning equipment, which he kept hidden on the site of his claim in the Sombrio area, has disappeared.

Stolen were his good dredge, a Honda 4 horsepower, a wetsuit, gloves, boots, masks, pry bars, gas can, the hoses for the dredge, and the nozzle.

The dredge was about four feet long, three feet wide, and would have required several people to move.

“All they left was a camo tarp, a empty tub and a few tools,” he reported. “Me and my uncle drove out to the gold claim Friday morning to find all the equipment gone.”

On Friday afternoon, he and his mother reported the theft to the Sooke RCMP.

What makes the loss especially devastating is that Cooper is only 16 years old. He worked a number of odd jobs over the past two years to accumulate the equipment.

“Everything I have earned has gone into my gold claim and mining equipment,” said Cooper.

His passion for gold started when he was a young 13 year old, living by the North Saskachewan River.

“My mom banned me from video games,” Cooper noted. “Out of boredom I borrowed a gold pan and went to the river and panned, and when I saw the gold I was hooked.”

He and his mother moved to Sooke about a year after that, and he eventually earned enough to purchase a claim at Sombrio along with the required panning equipment.

“I did paper routes, mowing lawns, worked teaching computer skills to the elderly. Jobs that didn’t interfere with school.”

A new dredge alone, costs about $2,500 and the claim cost $1,500.

Cooper is a student at Edward Milne community school and in February this year, he was one of 11 EMCS students selected to attend the TEAC 105 course at Camosun College in September. According to the Camosun website, TEAC 105 is a dual-credit course that “provides current high school students with an introduction to careers and basic skills in Computer Science, Electronic and Computer Engineering Technology, Civil Engineering Technology, and Mechanical Engineering Technology. “

For now, he is hoping that his gold panning equipment re-appears.

“Gold isn’t just a hobby,” Cooper sums up, “it’s a passion.”

If you have any information about the missing articles, contact the Sooke RCMP at 250-642-5241.

Just Posted

‘Blue Monday’ isn’t real, but depression can be

CMHA encourages people to prioritize their mental health

Sooke Potholes viewing area likely to remain closed

Report says that more rockslides likely in the area

Residents push back on downtown Victoria tree removal

The birch tree at the Wharf-Government intersection will be removed to make way for bike lanes

Husband of slain RCMP officer ‘disgusted and disheartened’ by parole board

Killer of Const. Sarah Beckett allowed limited day parole for alcohol treatment

Sooke school adds wrestling to sports lineup

Journey Middle School team already bringing home medals

UPDATE: B.C. legislature managers accused of excessive travel, personal expense claims

Speaker Darryl Plecas’ report details ‘flagrant overspending’

Anti-pipeline group wants NEB to consider impact of emissions, climate change

Stand.earth filed NEB motion asking to apply same standard to the project as it did with Energy East pipeline

B.C. man charged in 2014 snake venom death of toddler

Henry Thomas was taking care of the North Vancouver girl the day before she died

B.C.’s largest public-sector union wants inquiry into money laundering, drugs

Union officials say Premier John Horgan and Attorney General David Eby have not ruled out the possibility of a public inquiry

Teen in confrontation with Native American: I didn’t provoke

Nick Sandmann of Covington Catholic High School said he was trying to defuse the situation

Suspect allegedly armed with handgun robs Island gas station

Incident occurred Sunday night in Nanaimo

MARS seeing influx of sick, injured eagles from north part of Vancouver Island

Factors for increase in eagle cases can be anything from lead poisoning to vehicle strikes

Kamala Harris opens U.S. presidential bid in challenge to Trump

The 54-year old portrayed herself as a fighter for justice, decency and equality in a video distributed by her campaign

Woman offers luxury Alberta home for just $25 and a flair for the written word

Alla Wagner ran into health problems, which forced her to list the 5,000-square-foot estate at market value

Most Read