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  • Gold theft reward increased

  • The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) has decided to increase the reward offered for information leading to the arrest of the perpetrators of the Siskiyou County Courthouse gold heist.
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  • The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) has decided to increase the reward offered for information leading to the arrest of the perpetrators of the Siskiyou County Courthouse gold heist. The reward will be increased from $15,000 to $50,000.
    The historically significant gold was stolen from a display case inside the main entrance of the county courthouse in the early morning hours on Feb. 1. The thieves stole only the largest pieces of gold, leaving behind many smaller pieces as well as other gemstones.  The value of the stolen gold has been appraised at $1.25 million.
    Sheriff Jon Lopey appeared before the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors on Nov. 6 to make the proposal to increase the reward. He told the board that he had discussed the increase with his deputies, district attorney Kirk Andrus and County Administrator Tom Odom.
    “We discussed using some of the funds from the [gold theft] insurance settlement,” Lopey told the board. “We don’t have a lot to lose because it would be predicated on the identification, arrest and conviction of the suspects,” he said, adding, “Perhaps this enhanced reward might generate some more promising investigative leads.”
    Lopey explained that his department has followed up on “in excess of 100 leads” in the case but  has yet to identify the suspects. He said the good news is that the SCSO was able to collect DNA samples for both suspects at the scene of the crime.
    “We are going to file a criminal complaint and get arrest warrants based on the DNA strands for both suspects. As soon as they come up in the system we will have an arrest warrant for them,” Lopey explained.
    District 5 Supervisor Marcia Armstrong told Lopey and the board she has spoken to a major west coast gold dealer who has agreed to list photos of the stolen gold in their catalog as well as notifying other dealers within their network to be on the lookout for the nuggets.
    “I am very much in favor of this,” Armstrong said of the reward increase.  She made the motion to approve the increase. The motion passed with a unanimous vote.
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