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Investigators Closer to Catching Thieves Who Stole Over $1 Million in Historic Gold

By Robyn Ridpath, Assignment Editor
Published On: Jan 29 2013 08:10:50 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 29 2013 08:11:02 PM CST
YREKA, Calif. -

Nearly one year after historic gold worth $1.25 million was stolen from the Siskiyou County Courthouse, investigators believe they have finally identified two suspects.

In February 2012, two burglars broke into the courthouse in Yreka through a back window. They smashed a glass display that contained locally mined historic gold nuggets along with a watch and jewelery.

Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey said the total value of the display was worth $3 million because of its physical and historic value. The value of the gold alone was recently appraised to be worth $1.25 million.

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The thieves broke into the courthouse wearing masks over their faces, one of them had white socks covering his hands, the other suspect was wearing brown gloves.

Lopey said earlier this month two search warrants were served in Shasta County and two search warrants were served in Contra Costa County in the Bay Area. Detectives have forwarded the case to the district attorney in hopes of obtaining an arrest warrant for the two suspects.

Lopey said he does not want to give out the names of the persons of interest because it may compromise the investigation. He did however say he believes the investigation is "improving satisfactorily."

The Siskiyou County Sheriff's office is offering a $50,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest or conviction of the thieves. Contact the Sheriff's Office at (530) 841-2900.