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Developments in Court House Gold Theft

YREKA, Calif. — Deputies say they know who stole more than a million dollars worth of gold from the Siskiyou County Court House. On Thursday, the Siskiyou County District Attorney’s Office and Siskiyou County Superior Court issued arrest warrants out for two men. Detectives are now searching for the two men in the Bay Area.

Last year, more than one million dollars worth of gold nuggets and other artifacts were stolen from the court house display box. Surveillance cameras caught two men entering into the court house lobby through a broken window, stealing the gold and other items.

Detectives believe 49-year-old David Dean Johnson and 51-year-old Scott Wayne Bailey are responsible. In January, detectives served a series of search warrants at various homes in Shasta County and the Bay Area. It led them to the homes of Johnson and Bailey, but detectives have not found the two suspects.

Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office says $1,257,500 in gold, jewelry and artifacts were taken in the burglary and theft. The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release that the investigation revealed at least some of the gold proceeds may have been used to purchase various high-value items.

The Siskiyou County Sheriff says multiple agencies contributed to the investigation and helped narrow down these suspects. The investigation into the Siskiyou County Courthouse burglary and theft is on-going and anyone with further information is urged to contact Detective Yves Pike, SCSO, at (530) 842-8354.