Theft Along the Interstate
On Sunday, two armed guards in an unmarked tractor trailer rig transported a cargo of gold and silver from Republic Metals Corporation of Miami, Florida towards Bridgewater, Massachusetts. Both men were long time employees of TransValue, a company that transports valuable goods. They stopped in Dillon, South Carolina for gas and then proceeded on their way north. Unfortunately, the truck never arrived at its intended destination. In rural North Carolina, both guards reported smelling gasoline in the truck cabin. One of them complained of feeling ill. The driver pulled over to the side of the interstate and the ill guard clambered outside the truck, leaving his gun inside. Just then, three men pulled up in a white cargo van. They got out of their vehicle and yelled “Policia!” and tied up the sick guard with zip ties and duct tape. The driver of the truck descended from the vehicle, also without his gun, and he was similarly bound. The intruders reportedly escorted the two guards into some nearby woods and left them there, tied up but otherwise unhurt. Then they broke the locks on the truck and removed five buckets containing an estimated 275 pounds of gold bars worth $4.2 million dollars into their van.
Piecing Together the Evidence
Although the theft reportedly occurred in full view of passing drivers, no one called the police until people traveling on the interstate noticed the bound guards emerging from the woods a short time later. The robbers had reportedly used fire cones to cordon off the truck. They had tried to take off with the vehicle itself, but could not start it. They left an estimated $5 million in silver cargo inside. The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office is now working with both the Wake County Sheriff’s Department and the FBI to try and uncover the identities of the thieves. The two guards provided a description of two of the men. They described one of the suspects as a stout Hispanic man, approximately 40 years of age, with a heavy Cuban accent. The other is a dark-skinned Hispanic man with a white goatee; he wore a hoodie. The guards reportedly could not provide a description of the third suspect. In the aftermath of the robbery, some authorities reportedly suspect “an inside job.” Police are puzzled by the rapid appearance of the robbers, as the truck pulled to a stop.