2 California gold heist suspects ID'd

March 31, 2013 at 7:52 PM

YREKA, Calif., March 31 (UPI) -- Authorities have disclosed the names of two men they suspect stole $1.25 million worth of gold last year in Northern California.

The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Department said arrest warrants have been issued for David Dean Johnson, 49, of El Cerrito and Scott Wayne Bailey, 51, of El Sobrante, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday.

"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 a release.

"These thieves stole a part of Siskiyou County history. Although we still have a lot of work to do in this case, the issuance of the felony arrest warrants should result in the arrest of the suspects."

The pair are suspected of taking the gold and other items from a display case in the lobby of the county courthouse.

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