In a Fast and Furious 7 type of stunt, last month, three armed robbers lifted $4.9 million in gold from a truck, in a North Carolina highway heist. One gold bar has been recovered in South Florida. Its estimated worth is enough to pay off a multi-family home, in full.
If you haven’t been following the story, last month along I-95, armed men robbed a truck carrying approximately $10 million in precious metal that was headed from Florida to Massachusetts. Unlike the Fast and Furious franchise, the highway heist didn’t happen while the vehicles were moving. After experiencing some mechanical issues with the TransValue, Inc. armored truck, the driver pulled over in Wilson County, North Carolina.
According to ABC News, the highway heist began as follows.
“The pair was approached by three armed men driving a white van who ordered the men onto the ground, tied their hands behind their backs and made them walk into the woods, police said.
During that time, the suspects allegedly took gold and silver estimated to be worth more than $4,000,000, police said.”
In order for the heist to have happened the way it did, these men had to be both, fast and furious, ironically.
Well, as an update, one gold bar from the highway robbery was recently recovered in South Florida, as reports from an ABC News update. This one bar has an estimated weight of 26 pounds and a valued-estimate between $470K-$500K. The Federal Bureau of Investigation told the medium that there’s still more to find, but time is critical.
“This confirms that there is a South Florida nexus to this crime. 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 recently mentioned that the Fast and Furious type heist involved Spanish-speaking men, as is reported by the same source.
“The FBI added Monday that the suspects announced themselves to the driver and the passenger by saying, ‘Policia,’ and spoke in Spanish throughout the robbery.”
Since the highway heist occurred, award money has been offered. In the first report, TransValue, Inc.’s CEO Jesus Rodriguez made an offer of $50K to those who would have valuable intelligence concerning the “fast and furious” robbers. However, since then, the FBI has also mentioned a reward of $25K, half of the CEO’s amount. Though, it’s not confirmed whether the awards are complementary or can be “stacked.”
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