|Police ID two suspects in
$1M California gold heist
Police have named two suspects
in a gold heist in California that netted more than $1 million a year ago.
The two men, both from the
San Francisco Bay area, allegedly made off with more than $1.25 million
in gold, jewelry and artifacts from a display case in the lobby of the
Siskiyou County Courthouse during a February 2012 robbery.
Now, police say they’ve
issued felony warrants for David Dean Johnson, 49, of El Cerrito and Scott
Wayne Bailey, 51, of El Sobrante.
The men are the primary suspects,
the LA Times reported.
“This has been a long and
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, according
to the paper.
After making off with the
gold and other items, Johnson and Bailey used the money from the sale of
the goods to purchase "high-value" items, Lopey said.
The entire gold collection
before the theft was valued at about $3 million. Lopey said it would be
"highly speculative" to guess how much of the gold, if any, would eventually