YREKA, Calif. — One of the suspects in the case of the Yreka courthouse gold theft has pleaded guilty to that crime.
In the same courthouse from which he was accused of stealing, Scott Wayne Bailey plead guilty for his role in the January 2012 burglary, in which he and other suspects broke into the courthouse and stole gold, gold nuggets and other items from the courthouse display case. The Siskiyou County District Attorney’s office says the estimated loss of the burglary is over $1.2 million.
Scott Wayne Bailey and David Dean Johnson were identified as suspects earlier this year. Johnson turned himself in back in April and remains in the Siskiyou County Jail on $1 million bail.
Law enforcement says during the break-in, one of the suspects appeared to be wearing socks on his hands. A day before Bailey’s preliminary hearing, the D.A.’s office says a Crime Lab report showed Baily’s DNA matched the DNA found on the socks.
On August 15th, Bailey pleaded guilty as charged to 2nd degree burglary with an enhancement for a loss exceeding $200,000. The D.A.’s office says the maximum confinement time for this offense is 5 years. Bailey’s sentence will be served in the Siskiyou County Jail.