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Arrest warrants issued in $1.25 million gold heist in Siskiyou County

March 30, 2013|By Ari Bloomekatz
  • David Johnson, left, and Scott Wayne Bailey
David Johnson, left, and Scott Wayne Bailey (Siskiyou County sheriff's…)

Early one morning in February 2012, thieves crept into the Siskiyou County Courthouse, made off with more than $1.25 million in gold and other items from the lobby's display case and disappeared.

Now, more than a year later, police say they know who did it.

In a news release this week, the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Department said it had issued felony arrest warrants for 49-year-old David Dean Johnson of El Cerrito and 51-year-old Scott Wayne Bailey of El Sobrante.

The pair are the primary suspects in the heist, authorities said.

“This has been a long an arduous investigation involving ... suspects responsible for burglarizing our courthouse and stealing a historic gold display and other antiquities which cannot be replaced," Sheriff Jon Lopey said in the release.

"These thieves stole a part of Siskiyou County history," Lopey said. "Although we still have a lot of work to do in this case, the issuance of the felony arrest warrants should result in the arrest of the suspects."

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