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Gold Theft Suspect Turns Self In

YREKA, Calif. — An arrest a year in the making has been made. A suspect in the Siskiyou County gold theft case is now behind bars.

The office says David Johnson turned himself in Monday. He is only one of two men Siskiyou County officials were looking for. It’s big movement in the case, but the investigation is not over just yet.

Surveillance cameras caught two men entering into the Siskiyou County court house lobby, stealing more than a million dollars worth of gold and other items. David Dean Johnson, along with Scott Wayne Bailey, were identified as suspects in the case. Recently, arrest warrants were issued for the two men through the Siskiyou County District Attorney’s Office and Siskiyou County Superior Court.

The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office says Johnson already has an attorney and is not adding information to the case at this time. Officials are still looking for Bailey.

$1,257,500 in gold, jewelry and artifacts were taken in the burglary and theft. The investigation revealed that at least some of the gold proceeds may have been used to purchase various high-value items.

A $50,000.00 reward is being offered for the identification, arrest and conviction of the suspects involved in the court house gold theft case. The investigation into the Siskiyou County Courthouse burglary and theft is on-going and anyone with further information is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 530-842-8354.