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Suspect Surrenders for Gold Heist, 2nd Suspect Still Wanted

By Kelli Saam
Published On: Apr 02 2013 11:28:17 AM CDT
Updated On: Apr 02 2013 11:49:44 AM CDT

David Johnson, left; Scott Wayne Bailey, right.

YREKA, Calif. -

One of two suspects has been arrested in connection with last year's gold heist from the Siskiyou County Courthouse in Yreka.

David Johnson, 49 of El Cerrito, turned himself in Monday in Siskiyou County.  He's held on one million dollars bail.

Last week, the sheriff's office had announced they were looking for Johnson for last year's theft of more than a million dollars in gold from the courthouse in Yreka.    

They're still looking for Johnson's alleged accomplice Scott Bailey, 51 of El Sobranto, California.

Arrest warrants were issued last week.  During the January 2012 theft, over a million dollars' worth of gold and other items were stolen from a display case in the courthouse lobby in the county seat of Yreka.  Johnson, along with Bailey were identified by SCSO Detectives as the key suspects in the case after a long and exhaustive investigation.   

During the gold burglary in the early morning hours of January 31, 2012.  $1,257,500 in gold, jewelry and artifacts were taken.
 
The investigation revealed that at least some of the gold proceeds may have been used to purchase various high-value items.  

Sheriff Jon Lopey stated, "We are glad that Mr. Johnson chose to surrender and we are hopeful that with one of the primary suspects in, custody that we can develop additional information that will help us bring this major crime to a successful conclusion.   Although we still have a lot of work to do in this case, Mr. Johnson's arrest is welcomed development."   

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 urged to contact Detective Yves Pike, SCSO, at (530) 842-8354, or, call the 24-hour dispatch number of (530) 841-2900.