A heist at a Canadian airport seems to have netted thieves an unimaginable haul of greater than 1,630kg (round 1.6 tonnes) of gold – which has a worth of about £84m ($104m).
The valuable metallic, which was being moved by way of Toronto Pearson Worldwide Airport, the nation’s largest, was being held in a safe facility on the location.
Pearson is the place gold that has been mined within the nation is incessantly held earlier than it’s flown abroad. Virtually half of the nation’s air cargo goes by way of the airport.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) have been known as in assist discover out who was behind the theft, which is about half as massive because the Brinks Matt heist in England in 1985 which noticed 3,000kg of bullion stolen.
In accordance with the Toronto Solar, police consider that the theft was doubtless pulled off by native organised legal teams. Contemplating the scale of the haul, it’s doubtless a truck was used.
Crime gangs typically have a look at ports and airports as straightforward targets as they’ve lots of items all the time going by way of them. Police consider that legal parts are lively at Pearson airport.
Bloomberg reported an RCMP spokesperson saying: “We’re nonetheless attempting to get correct info on the heist.”
Whether or not the theft was extremely deliberate or an opportunist job, one of many greatest issues the thieves are prone to discover is methods to offload the stolen gold.
After the Brinks Matt heist, which noticed £26m of gold and diamonds stolen from a warehouse close to Heathrow Airport (price £93m in at the moment’s costs), these behind the theft needed to soften down the gold to have the ability to revenue from it.