Less than a week after being identified as one of the suspects in major gold heist, David Johnson, 49 of El Cerrito, turned himself into Siskiyou County authorities on Monday. Siskiyou County Sheriff's deputies recently identified a pair of suspects in the January 2012 theft of more than a million dollars in historic gold nuggets from the county courthouse. Agents from the sheriff's office searched parts of the Bay Area Thursday after getting million dollar search warrants for Johnson, and Scott Bailey, 51 of El Sobrante. The pair are the prime suspects in the January 31, 2012 theft of $1,257,500 worth of historic gold nuggets from the Siskiyou County Courthouse in Yreka. Investigators say they believe Johnson and Bailey used the stolen gold to purchase high value items. Johnson is being held in the Siskiyou County jail on $1,000,000 bail.
In a release issued Tuesday morning, Sheriff John Lopey said, "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."
Anyone with information about Bailey's whereabouts is asked to call Detective Yves Pike at (530) 842-8354.