- A man stole a bucket full of gold flakes at the back of an armored truck along the busy street of Midtown Manhattan in a broad daylight
- Police said the bucket of gold flakes is worth $1.6 million
- Police are appealing to the public to report the whereabouts and name of the suspect who was believed to be hiding in Orlando or Miami area
An unidentified man stole a bucket full of gold flakes at the back of an armored truck parked along the busy street of Midtown Manhattan on September 29 in a broad daylight.
Police said the bucket of gold flakes is worth $1.6 million.
According to CNN report, based on the exclusive CCTV footages acquired by News4 from New York City Police Department (NYPD), the suspect was seen loitering at the back of an armored truck in which its door was wide-opened. He was keeping watch on the activities of people around as well as the guards of the truck.
When he saw that one guard left to make some pick-up nearby and the other guard went to the front seat of the truck to get his mobile phone, the thief seized the moment to execute his plan. The suspect rushed to the truck and grabbed the heavy black pale containing gold flakes.
Police said the suspect has no idea what’s inside the bucket as it was fully covered when he took it.
Other CCTV footages showed that the suspect was struggling to carry the heavy bucket as he hurriedly walked away from the truck.
At times, he paused for a moment to catch his breath and rest his arms from the heavy looted bucket. Sometimes he carries the bucket on his shoulder. Those struggling moments took the theft to walk the streets for one hour which is normally done in 10 minutes.
The suspect, described by police as a Hispanic male, with an estimated height of five feet and six inches tall, and age ranging from 50 to 60 years old, eventually disappeared when he reached 49th Street and Third Avenue using the white van as his getaway vehicle.
Police are appealing to the public to report the whereabouts and name of the suspect who was believed to be hiding in Orlando or Miami area.
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