Truck carrying $4.8 million in gold robbed in North Carolina
(ABC11.COM) WILSON COUNTY, North Carolina – Authorities are searching for the alleged suspects who robbed a truck carrying $4.8 million worth of gold in Wilson County.
Just before 7 pm. Sunday, Wilson County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the 114 mile marker on Interstate 95 after two armed security guards said they were robbed at gunpoint.
When authorities arrived, the security guards who worked for Transvalue Inc. in Miami, Florida said they were on their way to Massachusetts with the shipment of gold when they began to have mechanical problems with their truck.
They told deputies that when they pulled over along the northbound lanes of I-95, they were approached by three armed men in a white-colored van.
The guards said the suspects ordered them to get down on the ground, tied their hands behind their backs, and made them walk into a nearby wooded area.
They said the suspects then took several barrels of gold and left the scene while the victims were still in the woods. Transvalue said the stolen gold bars weigh a total of about 275 pounds.
In a statement, Transvalue chief executive officer Jay Rodriguez said the gold bars were headed to Attleboro, Massachusetts, a town south of Boston nicknamed “Jewelry City” for the large number of manufacturers based there. The truck carrying the loot had left Miami about 4 am. Sunday.
Transvalue is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. The company specializes in transporting cash, precious metals, gems and jewelry in armored trucks. The company says its shipments are insured for up to $100 million.
Authorities in Wilson County say the case is still under investigation. Anyone with information should contact the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office at (252) 237-2118.
The FBI is assisting the sheriff and agents are working to determine if a federal crime has been committed.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.