Police say a quick thinking thief saw his opportunity when guards left a delivery truck unattended in New York City’s diamond district. He grabbed the first thing he could, which turned out to be an 86-pound bucket containing gold flakes. The contents of the container are estimated to be worth $1.6 million.
Police call the theft, which occurred on the afternoon of September 30, a crime of opportunity. The man can be seen pacing around the back of the open truck, and grabbing the unmarked and sealed 5-gallon container when one of the deliverymen walked away for a moment. He then was caught on area security cameras walking east, pausing every so often to catch his breath and gather his strength, before getting into a white sedan. The 10-minute walk took him an hour to complete.
Gold flakes are the tiny shavings left over when jewelers put gemstones into rings. When melted down at a refinery, it can be used to make other jewelry. However, police and local jewelers doubt the bandit even knows what he has. The Loomis armored car company is offering a $100,000 reward for the safe return of the missing gold and police received a tip the suspect may be in Florida. Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS or for Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782), visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or text tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.