FBI Finds Lone Gold Bar Stolen in $5M Heist

Authorities may have traced suspects to South Florida
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 22, 2015 9:51 AM CDT
FBI Finds Lone Gold Bar Stolen in $5M Highway Heist
This image shows a composite sketch by investigators of one of the suspects in a heist of millions of dollars in gold bars from a truck on a North Carolina interstate highway on Sunday, March 1.   (AP Photo/Wilson County Sheriff's Office)

The FBI has made a break in the case of $4.9 million in gold bars stolen during a highway heist along Interstate 95 last month. Officers say they've uncovered a single bar worth up to $500,000 in South Florida, though they won't specify how or exactly where they came across it. They are saying, however, that the 26-pound bar was on the truck that was robbed by armed men in North Carolina while en route from Miami to Massachusetts on March 1. "This confirms that there is a South Florida nexus to this crime," an FBI investigator says, per ABC News. "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 has added a $25,000 reward for information on the case to the $50,000 reward already offered by TransValue, the company that was transporting the gold. Its guards said they were approached by at least two Spanish-speaking men after they had pulled over due to mechanical issues—a claim that is still under investigation, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports. The men identified themselves as "Policia" before tying up the guards and leading them into the woods, officers say. Police previously believed the suspects could be tied to Florida because a traffic cone placed behind the van in which the gold was loaded during the robbery featured the marking of a company that only does work in the state. (Read more gold stories.)

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