Thief gets away with $1.6m bucket of gold flakes

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

Po­lice are look­ing for a thief who man­aged to carry an 86lb bucket of gold flakes worth $1.6m off a truck in New York.

Sur­veil­lance video showed the theft hap­pened in just 20 sec­onds while the ar­moured truck was briefly unat­tended.

The man strug­gled to carry the gold, tak­ing an hour to lug his loot on a usu­ally 10-minute walk, footage showed.

Au­thor­i­ties be­lieve the man is hid­ing out in Florida’s Or­lando or Mi­ami area, but he is still at large.

“I think he just saw an op­por­tu­nity, took the pail and walked off,” said NYPD De­tec­tive Martin Pas­tor, adding he be­lieved the man had no idea what the bucket con­tained. The gold was in an un­marked, sealed black metal bucket. The sus­pect ap­peared to be loi­ter­ing near the truck in busy Mid­town Man­hat­tan on 29 Septem­ber when one of the guards left the truck to make a de­liv­ery.

A sec­ond guard stepped away to grab his mo­bile phone from the front seat of the truck when the thief seized the mo­ment and made off with the bucket down West 48th Street.

The man is then seen on video car­ry­ing the five-gal­lon pail through the crowded streets of Man­hat­tan, paus­ing to catch his breath from the weight of the gold, be­fore he dis­ap­peared.

Po­lice de­scribed the sus­pect as a His­panic male, about 5ft 6in tall, 150lb and be­tween 50 and 60 years old.

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