NEW YORK (CBS NEWS) — The search continues for a suspect who police said was seen on surveillance video stealing a bucket of gold flakes off an armored truck in Midtown Manhattan, CBS New York reports.
It happened around 4:30 p.m. back on Sept. 29 as the armored truck was parked on West 48th Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues.
Police said the man is seen on surveillance video scoping out the truck, that had its back door open. He then grabs an 86-pound, unmarked and sealed black metal bucket containing $1.6 million-worth of gold flakes, police said.
He lugged the bucket up the street, heading east on West 438th Street toward Third Avenue, making his way through the crowds of people who didn’t notice him carrying the five-gallon pail, police said.
At one point, the heavy weight of the bucket catches up with him as he’s seen stopping, putting it down and eventually picking it back up again. He then gets into a white Ford sedan.
Police said the man’s entire trip, usually considered to be about a 10-minute walk, took an hour.
The bucket’s disappearance was noticed after the driver returned to the truck and sat on another bucket in the rear, only realizing the bucket was missing because that’s the bucket he used to rest his feet while he sat, CBS2’s Raegan Medgie reported.
Police don’t believe the suspect knew what was in the bucket and still might not know, even if he was able to open it.
Authorities recently got a tip that the suspect could be in the Orlando/Miami area.
Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS or for Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782), visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or text tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.