Apr 13, 2013
PNP comment: The below comment is on the article below it, regarding the suction dredges. I so totally agree with Dick, who said:
…But it’s OK to dump millions of cubic yards when the dams come down…
Apr 2, 2013
April 1, 2013
The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) previously reported the issuance of arrest warrants for the burglary and theft of gold and other artifacts taken from the Siskiyou County Superior Court House on January 31, 2012. On April 1, 2013, one of the suspects, Mr. David Dean Johnson, 49, of El Cerrito, CA turned himself in to a SCSO Detective and is in-custody at the Siskiyou County Jail. He is being held in lieu of $1,000,000.00 bail.
During the January 2012 theft, over a million dollars’ worth of gold and other items were stolen from a display case in the court house lobby in the county seat of Yreka. Mr. Johnson, along with Mr. Scott Wayne Bailey, 51, of El Sobrante, CA has been identified by SCSO Detectives as the key suspects in the case after a long and exhaustive investigation. Recently, the arrest warrants were issued through the Siskiyou County District Attorney’s Office and Siskiyou County Superior Court.
The search warrants were the result of a then nearly year-long investigation of the Courthouse gold burglary during the early morning hours of January 31, 2012. $1,257,500 in gold, jewelry and artifacts were taken in the burglary and theft.
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 our 24-hour dispatch number of (530) 841-2900.