Bold Thief Takes Advantage of Golden Opportunity

Surveillance video shows man take bucket of gold from armored truck
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 30, 2016 3:05 PM CST
Bold Thief Takes Advantage of Golden Opportunity
Surveillance video shows a man snatching a bucket full of gold from the back of an armored truck in New York City.   (Twitter)

When opportunity knocks, remember to lift with your legs—especially if said opportunity comes in the form of an 86-pound bucket of gold. CNN reports surveillance video from Sept. 29 but just released by the NYPD shows a man walking by an open, un-watched armored truck in the middle of the day in Manhattan, turning around, grabbing a bucket from the truck, then slowly walking off. The man apparently took advantage of a 20-second window during which one guard was making a pickup and the other was checking his cellphone, according to WNBC. "I think he just saw an opportunity," Det. Martin Pastor says.

The weight of the bucket seems to surprise the man, who has to stop and rest multiple times. The New York Times reports it took him an hour to get the bucket to his van half a mile away. The bucket contained nearly $1.6 million worth of gold flakes, but police don't believe the man knew that beforehand. "I think when the lucky charm opened up the bucket, he seen the rainbow and seen the gold," Pastor tells WNBC. Police are still looking for both the gold and the man, who they believe is lying low in the Miami or Orlando area. (Read more weird crimes stories.)

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