Posted: Fri, November 30 2012 at 6:08 PM, Updated: Fri, November 30 2012 at 6:34 PM
New leads tonight in a gold heist mystery that's perplexed police for nearly a year. Police are also offering fifty thousand dollars for the two suspects who brazenly stole gold from the Siskiyou County Court House.
Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey says it's only a matter of time. "It would behoove the two to turn themselves in," he says.
On February 1st- two people, that you see on this security tape, broke into the Siskiyou County Court House, and stole an estimated 1.25 million dollars worth of gold. A gold get a-way that remains a red letter day for resident Sandy Roetto, who didn't even think the display was real."We told our granddaughter this was just an example of what it looked like," comments Roetto.
The thieves entered first with the lights on - unable to open the display case, they left and then came back to try again. Police say eventually they used a fire extinguisher and broke it open
"It was not a good day for us," says Lopey.
Now police are increasing the reward from $15,000 to $50,000 dollars
According to police, an alarm malfunction allowed the thieves to get away. Unfortunately the court house is right across the street from the Sheriff's Department
However, Lopey says they've followed over 100 leads and the upped reward is already garnering new response."I spoke with the detectives this morning and they're already getting new leads, already."
Plus he says they have DNA evidence.
"We run the DNA through a state wide system called CODIS. We have not gotten any hits yet, but eventually these individuals I'm sure will turn up in the database for DNA, so we'll nab them," says Lopey.
Gold is normally untraceable but this Siskiyou County treasure is unique and the Sheriff says it can be tracked down and authenticated...
As always------ if you have any information your urged to contact the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Department .