One alleged Siskiyou gold thief turns himself in

Skye Kinkade
A mugshot of David Johnson, age 49 of El Cerrito, Calif. after he turned himself in to a Siskiyou County Sheriff's Detective Monday, April 1, 2013.  Photo courtesy of the Siskiyou County Jail

One of two Bay Area men suspected of stealing more than $1 million in gold from the Siskiyou County Courthouse last year has turned himself in to authorities.

David Dean Johnson, age 49 of El Cerrito, Calif. turned himself in to a Siskiyou County Sheriff's detective in Yreka Monday, April 1, said Sheriff's spokesperson Allison Giannini.

Johnson is now lodged in the Siskiyou County Jail on $1 million bail, Giannini said.

A warrant remains for the arrest of a second suspect in the theft, Scott Wayne Bailey, age 51 of El Sobrante.

"We are glad that Mr. Johnson chose to surrender," said Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey. "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 reward is being offered for the identification, arrest and conviction of the suspects involved in the court house gold theft case. The investigation is ongoing and anyone with further information should contact Detective Yves Pike at (530) 842-8354, or call the Sheriff Department's 24-hour dispatch number at (530) 841-2900.