FBI Partially Recovers Gold Taken from a Roadside Heist in North Carolina
The FBI has released a photograph of one of the gold bars stolen during the March 1 gold heist in North Carolina. The gold bar, weighing approximately 26 pounds and valued between $470,000 and $500,000, was recently recovered in South Florida.
“This confirms that there is a South Florida nexus to this crime,” said Justin E. Fleck, Supervisory Special Agent of the squad leading the investigation. “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 reward of $25,000 still remains in effect.”
Given this is an ongoing and active investigation, details as to where, when, and how the aforementioned gold was recovered are unavailable at this time.
On March 1, a tractor trailer departed Miami and was scheduled to arrive in Boston on March 2.
Around 6:30 p.m. on March 1, while traveling on Interstate 95 in Wilson County, North Carolina, the occupants of the tractor trailer pulled over along the side of the Interstate. The cause for the stop is still under investigation.
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 two males, who gave instructions in Spanish, restrained the truck’s occupants and led them into the woods before making entry into the trailer and stealing approximately $4.9 million in gold bars.
The two males departed the scene in a white van.
The FBI is offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the individuals responsible for this robbery and the recovery of the gold.
Anyone who has information as to the identity of these robbers or may have information about the location of the gold bars is urged to call the FBI at (754) 703-2000 or Crimestoppers.
No further information is available at this time as the investigation continues.
- Related press release: FBI Announces $25,000 Reward in North Carolina Gold Heist