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Bay Area man suspected in Northern California gold heist turns himself in

  • This image provided by the Siskiyou County Sheriff's office shows David Dean Johnson, who is suspected of stealing more than $1 million in gold from the Siskiyou County’s historic collection early last year. Officials say Johnson and Scott Wayne Bailey broke into the gold collection at the Siskiyou County Courthouse in Yreka in February 2012 and made off with $1,257,500 in gold, jewelry and artifacts. (AP Photo/Siskiyou County Sheriff)

YREKA — A Bay Area man named as a suspect in the theft of more than $1 million of gold and other items from a far Northern California county courthouse has turned himself in.

Forty-nine-year-old David Dean Johnson of El Cerrito surrendered to a sheriff's detective on Monday.

Johnson and 51-year-old Scott Wayne Bailey of El Sobrante were recently named as suspects in the 2012 heist at the Siskiyou County Superior Courthouse in Yreka. About $1.3 million in gold, jewelry and artifacts were taken from a display case in the courthouse lobby.

Sheriff's officials say at least some of the gold proceeds appear to have been used to purchase other items. The Sheriff's Office is continuing to investigate the case.

It was not immediately clear whether Johnson had an attorney.


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