Turns out a very swift thief has made himself off with a bucket of gold flakes in New York, valued at around $1.6 million (£1.2 million) within a 20 second window. Sucks for him though, as the whole thing was caught on CCTV, his face in plain sight included.
The suspect has been described by police as a Hispanic male, around 5ft 6in tall, 150lb and between 50 and 60 years old. It seems as though he just saw the opportunity and took it rather than pre-planning his speedy heist.
The bucket containing gold flakes weighed around 36kg and was in an unmarked, sealed black bucket, meaning the suspect can’t really have known what was in it. While one of the guards for the van carrying the bucket was making a delivery, the other guard quickly went to the vans front seat for his phone while the back was still open. This was when our suspect, who had been loitering around the van for a bit, saw his chance and quickly ran off with the bucket down West 48th street.
Camera footage shows the suspect was visibly struggling to carry his loot, as what should have only taken him 10 minutes, instead ended up being an hour walk. Authorities believe this man is hiding somewhere in Florida’s Orlando or Miami area, but he is still at large. For now.