November 30, 2016 1:41 pm
Updated: November 30, 2016 2:00 pm

Caught on camera: Thief steals bucket of gold flakes worth nearly US$1.6 million

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Police in New York City are looking for a quick-thinking thief who stole a 40-kilogram bucket of gold flakes off an armoured truck in Manhattan.

The haul was worth nearly US$1.6 million

The unidentified thief swiped the metal bucket off the back of the vehicle on Sept. 29, when a guard briefly went to the truck’s cab reportedly to retrieve his cellphone.

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The incident occurred in broad daylight on West 48th Street in New York City’s Midtown section. Police say the suspect likely didn’t know what the bucket contained.

Police say the thief lugged the gold flakes up the street, taking an hour to complete what would normally be considered a 10-minute walk. He then hopped into a white van and fled.

The suspect is believed to be hiding out in Florida.

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