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Reward Increased to $50,000 for Information About Courthouse Gold Theft

Published On: Nov 29 2012 02:16:57 PM CST

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YREKA, Calif. -

The reward has been increased for information about the theft of gold from the Siskiyou County Courthouse in Yreka.  The reward has been increased from $15,000 to $50,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the February burglary.

It happened during the early morning hours of February 1, 2012.  The Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors recently authorized an increase of the reward.

The historic gold display has been valued in excess of $1.25 million dollars but the historic value of the gold cache is considered immeasurable. 

The suspects in the case stole the largest pieces of gold, leaving behind some smaller pieces and gemstones.

Sheriff Jon Lopey appeared before the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors on November 6 to make the proposal to increase the reward.

"We've conducted follow-up on over 100 leads involving the gold theft but we feel it is time to increase the reward in an effort to generate additional leads from the public," said Lopey.  "We are convinced that this case will be solved, especially, considering the evidence we have retrieved, such as DNA collected at the crime scene."

The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office is also in contact with authorities in Mariposa County to ensure that the suspects recently arrested for the gold theft there at the state museum are not connected to this local case. 

Lopey said as soon as one or both suspects are matched in the DNA data bank system (CODIS) they will be arrested once they have been identified.

Citizens with information about the gold theft are urged to contact the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office 24-hour dispatch at (530) 841-2900.

The gold display showcased the rich traditions and economic contributions that mining has always had on Siskiyou County and its citizens.