Armored Car Hijacked Along Interstate 95; $4.8 Million Worth of Gold Bars Taken

By | Mar 03, 2015 05:33 AM EST
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Armed robber hijacked an armored truck on the Interstate 95 highway and carted275 pounds of gold bars valued at US $4.8 million.

The day neared night and an armored truck made its way along the busy highway.

However, the hustle and bustle died down and they reached a desolate stretch isolated by trees and farms.

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There they sprang into action.

Armed robbers hijacked the truck and took the load of gold bars. They did not hurt anyone on the truck, leaving the two guards tied up.

When the robbers had what they came for, they simply rode off into the night and have not been seen since.

The guards worked for Transvalue Inc. of Miami. They reported that last Sunday, they pulled off to the side of the interstate at about 6:30 p.m. when their vehicle was experiencing mechanical problems in eastern North Carolina.

The guards told the Wilson County Sheriff's office that they were blindsided by three armed men driving a white van.

The suspects then ordered the guards to get on the ground and proceeded to tie their hands behind their backs before marching into the woods.

Afterwards, they helped themselves to the gold bars in the truck; filling barrels that they brought before running away.

Jay Rodriguez, Transvalue chief executive officer, said that the armored truck left Miami around 4:00 a.m.

The truck was travelling to Attleboro, Massachusetts, better known as "Jewelry City" due to the numerous number of manufacturers there.

Rodriguez said that currently, they are working with the police to solve the crime and are also offering a reward of $50,000 for any information that could lead to the criminals.

Wilson County Sheriff Calvin Woodard Jr. did not answer any questions from any reporters seeking additional information at the moment such as the weapons used by the hijackers or how they had gotten the truck open. 

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