Suspects Identified In Gold Theft Case

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YREKA, Calif. — Deputies are hunting for two suspects in a million dollar gold heist from the Siskiyou County Court House. After more than a year of investigating, detectives are now searching for two men in the Bay Area.

Last year, more than a 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, stealing gold and other items. On Thursday, detectives issued arrest warrants out for the two men.

Detectives believe 51-year-old Scott Wayne Bailey and 49-year-old David Dean Johnson are responsible. In January, detectives served a series of search warrants at various homes in Shasta County and the Bay Area. Sheriff Jon Lopey says he can’t detail what pointed deputies to the two men, or what evidence was collected, but he does say deputies are in contact with authorities in the Bay Area.

“Theoretically, they may be able to evade identification and apprehension for awhile, they’re known in the bay area and to bay area authorities and we’re confident within a reasonable period of time that law enforcement authorities will catch up to them,” said Sheriff Lopey.

Investigators say the two may have sold some of the gold nuggets. The $50,000 reward is still out for anyone who can lead to their arrest and conviction. The Siskiyou County Sheriff says multiple agencies contributed to the investigation and helped narrow down these suspects.