FBI arrests another Florida man in connection with 2015 gold heist

By Land Line staff | 3/2/2016

A South Florida man is in federal custody for his suspected involvement in the 2015 robbery of nearly $5 million in gold from a tractor-trailer.

The FBI announced the arrest of Adalberto Perez, 46, of Opa Locka, Fla., on Wednesday for his alleged involvement with the robbery of a tractor-trailer carrying precious metals in Wilson County, N.C., a year ago on March 1, 2015.

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Perez was arrested without incident by the FBI. His initial appearance is expected to be in Federal Court in Miami.

Investigators seek additional information about this robbery and continue to offer a reward of up to $25,000.

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. They had exited the truck.

At around 6:30 p.m. on the day of the incident, 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.

Perez is the second Miami area resident to be arrested in connection with the case. According to The Miami Herald, another Miami man who tried to fence one of the 10 gold bars stolen during the heist pleaded guilty in September to an extortion-related charge. The suspect in that case – 50-year-old Miguel Bover, a Cuban national – was sentenced to about 3 1/2 years in prison. He is not believed to have been one of the three men who committed the actual robbery.

If anyone has information as to the identity of the robbers in the police sketches, they are urged to call the FBI at (754) 703-2000 or contact Crimestoppers.

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