A multi-agency police search on a home on Pomona Avenue in El Cerrito Tuesday morning was apparently tied to a big gold heist from the Siskiyou County Courthouse, according to a news report.
Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey was among about 18-20 law enforcement personnel who served a search warrant and conducted a search about 11 a.m. at a residence in the 200 block of Pomona, a block away from Harding Elementary School.
Siskiyou County Sheriff's Sgt. James Randall told Patch the raid was one of two in Contra Costa County that day, the other being in the El Sobrante area. He declined to provide more information, saying that the department didn't want to compromise an ongoing investigation.
An article published Thursday on MtShastaNews.com said the sheriff's department issued two search warrants in Contra Costa Tuesday, in addition to two in Shasta County, in connection with a major gold theft from the Siskiyou County Courthouse in the early morning hours of Feb. 1, 2012.
The gold, taken by two hooded suspects shown on security video, was part of a historic gold display tied to the county's role in the California Gold Rush and was worth more than $1.25 million, according to the Siskiyou County Sheriff's department.
An article last year in the San Francisco Chronicle about the theft described the stolen items as "historic gold nuggets mined by some of the first settlers in the remote California-Oregon border."
A $50,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.
The search warrant parties did not locate the two suspects Tuesday, according the article on MtShastaNews.com, the online platform for the Mount Shasta Herald, Weed Press and Dunsmuir News.
“Unfortunately, we did not locate the two main persons of interest,” said Sheriff Lopey, according to the article. “Right now we are attempting to track them down. We have a team working to locate them.”
El Cerrito police Lt. Paul Keith said about 10 El Cerrito officers joined the search warrant operation on Pomona.