Monday, August 19, 2013

Second gold heist suspect held at Siskiyou County Jail

The second suspect in the theft of $1.2 million in gold from the Siskiyou County Courthouse is now at the Siskiyou County Jail. Scott Wayne Bailey, age 51 of El Sobrante was booked in the jail Monday night, said sheriff's spokesperson Jayme Lynch. He was charged with felony burglary and had bail set at $1 million.

Bailey's suspected accomplice in the burglary, David Dean Johnson, age 49 of El Cerrito, turned himself in to Siskiyou County Sheriff's detectives on April 1. He is also being held at the Siskiyou County Jail on $1 million bail.

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.,0,2066081.story
The gold, taken by two hooded suspects shown on security video, was part of a historic gold display tied to the county's role in the California Gold Rush and was worth more than $1.25 million, according to the Siskiyou County Sheriff's department.

The stolen items were described as "historic gold nuggets mined by some of the first settlers in the remote California-Oregon border."