Thieves hijack $4.8 million in gold from tractor-trailer in North Carolina

By Greg Grisolano, Land Line staff writer | 3/3/2015

A trio of hijackers reportedly made off with around $4.8 million in gold stolen from a tractor-trailer on Sunday night.

Local police say the theft occurred at around 6:49 p.m. Sunday at mile-marker 114 on the northbound lane of Interstate 95 in Wilson County, N.C., when a tractor-trailer transporting a shipment of gold and silver from Miami to Massachusetts broke down on the side of the highway.

A news release from the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department states that the two armed security guards who were transporting the load pulled over to the shoulder to investigate the mechanical problems with the rig, when they were approached by three armed male suspects in a white passenger van. The suspects ordered the men to get on to the ground, tied them up, and forced them to walk into the nearby woods, according to the new release. The suspects then reportedly loaded several barrels of gold from the tractor-trailer onto their van before escaping.

A spokesperson for the Wilson’s County Sheriff’s Department declined to provide additional details beyond the release, citing the active investigation. The spokesperson did say that the tractor-trailer did not have an additional security escort beyond the two armed guards.

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