FBI: Gold bar found on Florida highway linked to $4.9 million heist

By Greg Grisolano, Land Line staff writer | Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Authorities believe a gold bar recovered in south Florida may be linked to a $4.9 million hijacking of a shipment of precious metals from a tractor-trailer last month.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation released a photograph of the gold bar that was recovered in Florida, according to a news release from the agency. The release does not state the exact date or location that the bar was recovered, nor does it specify how the bar was recovered.

The bar weighs approximately 26 pounds and is valued at between $470,000 and $500,000, according to the FBI.

“This confirms that there is a South Florida nexus to this crime,” Supervisory Special Agent Justin E. Fleck, said in a news release emailed to Land Line. “We believe that additional gold bars from the robbery may still be in South Florida, and we continue to need the public’s help in solving this crime.”

The FBI is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the individuals responsible for the theft.

A trio of hijackers reportedly made off with the gold in a white van after subduing the guards. The guards were driving a tractor-trailer which broke down on a North Carolina highway on Sunday, March 1.  They had exited the truck.

At around 6:30 p.m. while traveling on Interstate 95 in Wilson County, N.C., the occupants of the tractor-trailer told police they pulled over to investigate a mechanical problem with the truck, according to police reports.

After stopping, the truck and its occupants were set upon by at least two armed males who announced themselves as “Policia” and placed traffic cones near the truck, the FBI stated. The two male suspects, who gave instructions in Spanish, restrained the truck’s occupants and led them into the woods before entering the trailer and stealing approximately $4.9 million in gold bars. The guards were unharmed.

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