Yreka Gold Theft Earns 5 Years Hard Time
Scott Wayne Bailey, 51, of San Pablo, California was found guilty of stealing $1.26 million worth of historic gold nuggets, jewelry and other artifacts in 2012 and was sentenced to five years in prison.
Bailey pleaded guilty as charged and had no plea agreement with authorities.
Bailey, allegedly with David Dean Johnson, 49 of El Sobrante, California, broke into the Siskiyou County courthouse in January of 2012 and stole the property from the display case. Johnsonís trial is set for this November.
Bailey did not disclose what he and Johnson did with the gold, but the investigation showed they purchased various high priced items including new vehicles.